Cottage dona­tions near $10,000

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

CLOSE to $10,000 has been do­nated to Graceades Cottage since SBS’s con­tro­ver­sial Strug­gle Street se­ries first aired.

Clothes, food, fur­ni­ture, sta­tionery, kitchen­ware, gift vouch­ers and other items have also been dropped off at the cottage to help the many res­i­dents who use its servi- ces. Graceades Cottage pro­gram devel­op­ment worker Ivanka Pe­likan, who fea­tured on the show, had tears in her eyes and a mes­sage for ev­ery­one who had do­nated.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Mrs Pe­likan said. “From the bot­tom of my heart, thank you.”

Col­league Jan­ice O’Neill said she wasn’t sur­prised by the gen­eros­ity given Mrs Pe­likan’s gen­uine na­ture.

“This is Ivanka, it’s what she does, she gen­uinely helps peo­ple and I think ev­ery­one (who watched the show) could see that,” Ms O’Neill said.

Bid­will res­i­dent Mishele Elvy agreed.

“She is beau­ti­ful and is pas­sion­ate about help­ing peo­ple,” Ms Elvy said.

Mrs Pe­likan said the cottage ac­cepted items that big­ger char­i­ties did not take, and all items would go to peo­ple who truly needed them.

To do­nate goods, visit: gracead­e­scot­

Graceades Cottage has been in­un­dated with dona­tions.

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