Holy Family fun run

Holy Family fun run

Holy Family Primary School pupils will pound the pavement at Emerton this Friday for the adidas school fun run to raise funds for their school. The children will seek support from the community for running in the event. The fun run was launched in 2011 as an alternative to junk-food fund-raising. Since then schools have raised $9.1 million for computers, books, sports equipment and other resources. Schools are invited to participate.

Details: schoolfunrun.com.au.

Solve the gambling problem

The Western Sydney Local Health District has launched a multicultural problem gambling program for Chinese communities. This is a free service which offers counselling and support to those who ask for it. Almost half of western Sydney residents speak a language other than English at home and 7 per cent of these speak various dialects of the Chinese language.

"The program is available in Cantonese and Mandarin for people who don't know where to turn," said NSW multicultural problem-gambling service manager Maria-Lujza Edwards. This program is funded by the state government, the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing, the Responsible Gambling Fund and is managed by the health-district office.

Service available weekdays: 9912 3851 (business hours).

Outside business hours: Gambling Help Line, 1800 858 858.

Sports grants available

Round Two of the NSW Sport and Recreation Participation and Facility Program is now open for state-government funding to help build sports facilities and/or boost sports participation. There are two project types — participation projects and facility development projects. Grants are capped at $10,000 for participation projects and $25,000 for facility projects. Organisations must contribute 50 per cent or more to the project. Applications close April 2.

Details: dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or 131 302.

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