Permanent support for young and old

ORANGE’S youngest residents are among those to benefit from donations of more than $170,000.

Five charities - Orange PCYC, Life Education, Carewest, Books in Homes Australia and Variety the Children’s Charity -  received a combined $177,500 in grants.

The funding from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation followed Thursday’s opening of the financial institution’s branch in Orange.

Orange PCYC used its $44,00 funding to purchase a new van to transport young people to and from its programs and events.

“This is going to be such a great thing ... it’s just a wonderful gesture and it will go to great use,” PCYC region west zone manager Mark Johnson said.

“We pick them up and take them into the community.”

Mr Johnson said the bus would also  transport PCYC members to participate in sporting events outside the region.

Life Education chief executive officer Jay Bacik said $6500 in funding would provide a new hydraulic wheelchair lift for their Orange Mobile Learning Centre.

“We want to empower kids to be strong and have a strong sense of self,” he said.

Carewest received $66,000, while Books in Homes Australia received $31,000 and Variety the Children’s Charity received $30,000.

Since 2003 the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation has provided more than $11 million to more than 280 projects in regional NSW.

They announce two rounds of funding grants each year. The next round will close on Friday, April 11.

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