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Media release: Labor backs Reclink with funding promise

Reclink Australia is delighted to receive the support of the Australian Labor Party and its commitment to reinstate funding for the organisation’s national program.

Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese today announced a funding commitment worth 2.4million over four years, if the ALP wins the upcoming federal election.

Reclink Australia CEO John Ballis said the much needed funding would ensure Reclink could respond, rebuild and reconnect with the community’s most vulnerable and marginalised people.

“On behalf of Reclink Australia I’d like thank the honourable Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, for his announcement to reinstate the funding for our national program,” Mr Ballis said.

“Reclink is grateful for the outstanding support from the Australian Labor Party which helps us deliver more than 60,000 sport, art and recreation participation opportunities in partnership with our 360 member organisations across Australia each year.

“Reclink has risen to all the financial challenges since our funding was cut in 2014. Through innovation, collaboration and a strategic approach we have grasped the opportunities offered to establish a stronger footprint across Australia.”

Labor’s funding promise follows recommendations by a Senate Select Committee that theGovernment immediately reinstate funding for Reclink’s national program.

Reclink Australia Founder Peter Cullen said the organisation was uniquely placed to engage with the community and bring about lasting change.

“Since its inception, Reclink with its simple, cost effective business model has reached hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged people and has transformed the lives of many participants,” Mr Cullen said.

“It is a proven model that has great reach and presents an enormous opportunity for governments, the community and corporate sector to be part of delivering positive social outcomes and pathways to training and employment.”

Reclink Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to enhance the lives of people experiencing disadvantage or facing significant barriers to participation, through providing new and unique sports and arts opportunities and specialist recreation programs.

Contact Reclink Australia Media and Communications Manager Ben O’Halloran: 0490 333 155

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