Splash of colour and cash

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Thanks to more than 250 par­tic­i­pants in last month’s Vol­ume Colour Dash at Sey­mour Race­course, al­most $2000 was handed over to Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work in Sey­mour to help its fight against home­less­ness.

The event was hosted by Mitchell Shire Coun­cil’s FReeZA com­mit­tee, with par­tic­i­pants run­ning laps of the race­course while be­ing splashed with coloured chalk.

Money from merchandise sales was col­lected to help Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work as­sist lo­cal peo­ple who are home­less or are at risk of be­com­ing home­less.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son thanked the com­mu­nity for get­ting be­hind such a wor­thy lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘This is the sec­ond year coun­cil has hosted the Vol­ume Colour Dash. Be­sides be­ing a bit of fun, there is a re­ally im­por­tant as­pect to the event and that’s ad­dress­ing home­less­ness,’’ Cr San­der­son said.

‘‘Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work does some fan­tas­tic work to help peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who might find them­selves sleep­ing rough.’’

Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work chief ex­ec­u­tive Celia Adams said the funds would be used to pro­vide cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port as­sis­tance to lo­cal peo­ple who were home­less.

‘‘To ac­cept a cheque for more than $1900 is a fab­u­lous out­come and events like this are also about rais­ing aware­ness that home­less­ness sup­port ser­vices ex­ist in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Ms Adams said.

Colour­ful do­na­tion: Mitchell Shire Coun­cil’s FReeZA com­mit­tee handed over al­most $2000 to Ru­ral Hous­ing Net­work, thanks to last month’s Vol­ume Colour Dash at Sey­mour Race­course.

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