Ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

The Tatura Com­mu­nity House is set to boast a funky com­mu­nity coffee lounge af­ter it re­ceived a do­na­tion to pur­chase a coffee ma­chine re­cently.

Tatura Com­mu­nity House man­ager Leeane But­ton said it was early days, but they were in the process of pur­chas­ing the ma­chine.

‘‘The coffee ma­chine will be used by the com­mu­nity,’’ Ms But­ton said.

‘‘It can help with vo­ca­tional train­ing and im­prov­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills for lo­cals.’’

Ms But­ton said re­ceiv­ing the grant fund­ing — from the John Wal­lis Foun­da­tion — to pur­chase the ma­chine had been thanks to the hard work of lo­cal Li­ons Club mem­ber Sharon Hop­kins.

‘‘She ap­plied for the grant on our be­half,’’ she said.

John Wal­lis Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Liz McAloon vis­ited the fa­cil­ity last week and said they were de­lighted to fund the project.

‘‘The foun­da­tion is named in hon­our of Fa­ther John Wal­lis, founder of the Mis­sion­ary Sis­ters of Ser­vice,’’ Ms McAloon said.

‘‘(It) sup­ports peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties ex­pe­ri­enc­ing hard­ship and dis­ad­van­tage.

‘‘We are in­spired by a world which demon­strates com­pas­sion, jus­tice and love in equal mea­sure to all.’’

Ms McAloon said the coffee ma­chine was a prac­ti­cal ini­tia­tive to im­prov­ing skills within the com­mu­nity and could lead to job op­por­tu­ni­ties for some.

‘‘The mis­sion of the foun­da­tion is to go into the high­ways and by­ways, seek­ing ini­tia­tives that de­velop the spir­i­tual and hu­man po­ten­tial of peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties on the mar­gins,’’ she said.

Ms But­ton said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the Com­mu­nity House.

‘‘We’re cur­rently getting our con­cept draw­ings done up for the re­fur­bish­ment of our kitch­enette to put in the coffee lounge,’’ she said.

De­lighted: Tatura Li­ons Club’s Doug Tuhan, John Wal­lis Foun­da­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Liz McAloon, Tatura Com­mu­nity House man­ager Leeane But­ton and Stancea Vichie from the John Wal­lis Foun­da­tion.

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