Have you heard of the Ballarat Keralites Foundation of Australia?
The Ballarat Keralites are a group of Ballarat locals, who in just over twelve months have established and rolled out a huge amount of social projects aimed at providing a helping hand to those who are in need. They came into existence at a time when people were really needing support in many different forms at the beginning of the COVID Pandemic, and the Keralites stepped in to help deliver a range of projects that supported a huge cross section of the community.
The group are largely made up of members who are from ‘Kerala’ (a state in India) hence this is where the name Keralites has come from. There are nearly 100 Keralite (also known as Malayali) families living in Ballarat, speaking the Malayalam language, these people are the powerhouse behind what has been an incredible 12 months of charitable work for our community in Ballarat.
Some of the amazing work they have been doing include:
- Blood donation campaigns
- Kids Clothing Drives
- Grocery deliveries to the vulnerable
- Intergenerational pen pal program
- Fruit donations to local schools
- Meals for Ballarat Soup Bus
- Stitched and distributed over 300 masks to vulnerable members of the community
- Supported international students through the Covid Pandemic
There has been many more projects, events and support that the Keralites established over the past twelve months and the group really are doing amazing things for the community, all through their strong group of volunteers.
Integra is very proud to support this dedicated organization and want to congratulate them on their efforts over the past year. We look forward to sharing their journey over the next twelve months.
Recently during the 5th and 6th lockdown 2,400 meals were cooked and distributed to people in need. An amazing group of new volunteers joined the Keralites to deliver the meals.