THE community is being asked to get behind three local groups Bernardi's has selected to be the next beneficiaries of its Building Better Communities program.
The family-owned company has been able to give back to local schools, hospitals, sporting clubs and charities through the program, which aims to focus largely on local organisations that need a helping hand.
Bernardi's has announced its newest beneficiaries for Bathurst, Forbes, Blayney and West Wyalong under round five of the program.
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The Bathurst beneficiaries are the Bathurst High Waluwin Breakfast Club, the Kelso High Support Unit, and Kirinari Community Services.
From now until June, Bernardi's customers can vote to decide how the $5000 available will be split between the three groups.
The largest vote holder will receive $2500, while the group with the next highest number of votes will get $1500. The remaining group will receive $1000.
"The program has been a great success for our communities and something that our family is very proud of. We love that it's a whole community effort," co-CEO Joseph Bernardi said.
"We ask the community to apply and nominate the beneficiaries then vote on where the funds will be donated via our instore voting system, whereby you receive a token at the checkout and place it in the voting tub.
"We hope to see lots of tokens and votes this coming year as we'd love this to be an initiative the community really supports."
The Bathurst High Waluwin Breakfast Club, which picks students up from home twice a week for an organised group physical activity and then provides breakfast afterwards, will use its funds to cover the costs of food.
The Kelso High Support Unit provides assistance to complex students that do not fit educational or behavioural expectations and will put its donation towards purchasing new laptops to provide even learning opportunities.
Kirinari Community Services, a new group to Bathurst, takes care of disabled community members and others who present with mental illnesses to reach their own personal goals.
This group would use the donation to purchase equipment.