Parafed Bay of Plenty Receives $35,000 Grant to Support Inclusive Sports and Recreation

Parafed Bay of Plenty, a disability sports organization, receives $35,000 grant to expand its inclusive programs, empowering individuals with physical disabilities through sports and recreation.

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Parafed Bay of Plenty Receives $35,000 Grant to Support Inclusive Sports and Recreation

Parafed Bay of Plenty Receives $35,000 Grant to Support Inclusive Sports and Recreation

Parafed Bay of Plenty (Parafed BOP), a Tauranga-based organization dedicated to providing diverse and inclusive sports, recreation, and play opportunities for people with physical disabilities, has been awarded a $35,000 grant from TECT, a Tauranga and Western Bay funder. The grant will cover operational costs and the purchase of a new vehicle, enabling Parafed BOP to continue its mission of empowering individuals with disabilities to explore their potential through physical activity.

Since its establishment in 2010, Parafed BOP has been working tirelessly to ensure that no one is left on the sidelines due to their physical abilities. The organization believes that physical activity is a fundamental right for all and aims to help people with disabilities identify activities they enjoy and that empower them. Parafed BOP offers a range of programs, including direct support to families, collaboration with local sporting codes, and recreational options like Amazing Races, Surf Sessions, and Beach Splash.

In addition to its community-based initiatives, Parafed BOP works closely with schools, offering a Play Programme for Tamariki. The organization's work is described as a 'pebble in a pond,' creating a ripple effect that benefits not only the individual with a disability but also their family and the surrounding community. By providing opportunities for people with physical disabilities to participate in sports, recreation, and play activities, Parafed BOP is contributing to the long-term social change and strengthening of local organizations.

Why this matters: The grant from TECT will enable Parafed Bay of Plenty to continue its vital work in promoting inclusivity and empowering individuals with physical disabilities through sports and recreation. This support highlights the importance of community organizations in fostering a more inclusive society and ensuring equal opportunities for all.

Parafed BOP's General Manager, Maia Lewis, expressed appreciation for the grant, stating, "We are thrilled to receive this support from TECT, which will allow us to continue our mission of providing diverse and inclusive opportunities for people with physical disabilities in the Bay of Plenty region. This grant will help us cover operational costs and purchase a much-needed new vehicle, ensuring that we can reach more individuals and families who can benefit from our programs."

Key Takeaways

  • Parafed Bay of Plenty received a $35,000 grant from TECT to support operations and a new vehicle.
  • Parafed BOP provides diverse sports, recreation, and play opportunities for people with physical disabilities.
  • The organization aims to empower individuals with disabilities and ensure no one is left on the sidelines.
  • Parafed BOP offers programs, collaborations, and recreational activities to promote inclusivity and community engagement.
  • The grant will enable Parafed BOP to continue its mission of fostering a more inclusive society.