The Benalla Young Sportsperson’s Trust has been enabled to continue its good work supporting high achievers, with two cash injections from local businesses.
The Goulburn Murray Credit Union and Farmers Arms Hotel donated sums of money to the trust, ensuring it can continue to grant high-achieving youth.
BYST chairman Bill Sykes said without the support of local businesses, the trust would struggle to continue its work.
‘‘This money will go a long way to helping us keep supporting locals do great things on the regional and national stages,’’ he said.
GMCU donated an initial $500 with the hopes of injecting more money into the trust in future.
The Farmers Arms Hotel donated $1000.
GMCU branch manager Jenni Cogger said she was proud to be getting involved with the trust.
‘‘They do some great work for young sportspeople in Benalla. Hopefully this will be just the first lot of money we can donate,’’ she said.
Mr Sykes said the trust has a proud history of helping local sportspeople achieve their dreams on the regional, state, national and international stage.
‘‘Last financial year the Trust has provided more than $10000 to local athletes across many different sports including swimming, basketball, soccer, football, triathlon, hockey and horse riding.
‘‘And we have many more to come in the coming months,’’ he said.
The trust raises funds thanks to the support from the Benalla community, businesses, service clubs and Benalla Rural City Council. At the trust’s recent annual general meeting, State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan accepted a nomination to become a trustee.
Mr Sykes was re-elected as the long-standing chair, along with trustees Geoff Hill, Scott Upston, Robert Barber and Darren Skelton.