Char­ity auc­tion raises $40,000 for Olivia’s Place

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Olivia’s Place held its an­nual gala din­ner and char­ity auc­tion on Septem­ber 2, with the theme ‘From Lit­tle Things Big Things Grow’.

About 150 peo­ple at­tended the event held at the War­ragul Re­cep­tion and Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

The live auc­tion was led by SEJ Live­stock’s Paul Phillips, and was com­ple­mented by a raf­fle and three sep­a­rate si­lent auc­tions as well as an in­ter­ac­tive live auc­tion via Facebook. CJ Rovers was MC for the night. Guests in­cluded Mem­ber for Nar­ra­can Gary Black­wood, Mem­ber for Eastern Vic­to­ria Melina Bath, Cr Peter Kos­tos and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from event spon­sors.

Items auc­tioned at the event were do­nated from more than 160 busi­nesses.

The event is the largest fundraiser for Olivia’s Place, with the char­ity auc­tion bring­ing in the high­est amount of funds con­tribut­ing to the on­go­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery sup­port­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies.

This year, a lo­cal woman whose fam­ily has re­ceived sup­port from Olivia’s Place at­tended the event.

Jes­sica Zam­mitt of Drouin shared her story of sup­port re­ceived by Olivia’s Place and the pos­i­tive im­pact it’s hard on her fam­ily sit­u­a­tion and per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion to pro­vide the best for her chil­dren.

Jes­sica has also strug­gled with post­na­tal de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety which is preva­lent in many in to­day’s so­ci­ety.

She spoke about how the sup­port re­ceived from Olivia’s Place had helped to see her through some very dif­fi­cult times. Jes­sica was ex­cited to be able to share her story of sup­port, and hopes that by do­ing so it will en­cour­age oth­ers to reach out and seek help when they are in times of need.

Olivia’s Place cen­tre man­ager Kirsten Fin­ger said their goal this year was to raise $30,000, af­ter rais­ing $23,000 in 2016.

“We were ab­so­lutely in awe of the sup­port in the room on the night, an ex­am­ple of which saw the sale of a fish pack for two sell­ing for a record $260.

“Over­all, the spon­sors and guests con­trib­uted to rais­ing a grand to­tal

of $40,499.60, which is an in­cred­i­ble out­come and helps us to make good de­ci­sions for ser­vice de­liv­ery in the short to medium term fu­ture,” Ms Fin­ger said.

Olivia’s Place cen­tre man­ager Kirsten Fin­ger with guest speaker Jes­sica Zam­mitt who shared her story on the night.

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