Funding boost for MEIS

THE Monaro Early Intervention Service has received a cheque for $7,500, to assist the non-profit organisation in setting up new facilities for their occupational therapist and a new speech pathologist.

High voltage transmission business, TransGrid, presented the cheque to MEIS staff on Wednesday, as part of TransGrid's Community Partnerships Program, in which the company will be supporting a number of projects in Cooma and across the Monaro.

Their support for local initiatives coincides with TransGrid beginning constructing on the new Cooma substation in July.

Mick Boyce has served on the MEIS committee for 12 years and is excited to see the money going towards upgrading the cottage at 8 Hill St, Cooma.

"We are very appreciative on TransGrid's support, the money allows us to fit the cottage for occupational therapy and speech pathology," Mr Boyce said.

"The cottage will now link up with the MEIS building.

"Money will go towards the kitchen, laundry and electrical work."

The cottage was acquired by MEIS to provide more space for their current operations. They provide family centred, early childhood intervention services for children 0-6 years in age, who have a development delay or a disability.

TransGrid's Community Relations Manager, Laura Stewart, says it is great to get out amongst the community and help fund much neded projects.

"It is great to be able to help MEIS out, their project is very important," Ms Stewart said.

"We will be visiting other groups in Cooma to assist their projects as well."

Other projects supported include Cooma Public School's indoor winter sports program, a renewal of literacy resources for Lambie St Preschool and upgrades for Bredbo Tennis Club.

To fully refurbish the MEIS cottage $60,000 is needed. Their recent golf day raised $7,015, with the service on their way towards the final total.

"I must acknowledge Chrissy Fitzgerald [Project Manager] for all her hard work in setting up the cottage project," Mr Boyce said.

"Also the Bank of NSW has provided us with bridging finance for the cottage."

The non-government group rely on the generous support of donors and various grant programs to undertake their service, which stretches across Cooma-Monaro, the Snowy River and Bombala Shires.

If you wish to donate to MEIS please email meis@snowy.net.au or call 6452 7424.

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