Leos do­nate $500

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page - By Si­mon Rup­pert

The Be­nalla Leo Club has do­nated $500 to as­sist Be­nalla Ru­ral City outreach worker Ivan Lis­ter sup­port the com­mu­nity.

Be­nalla Leos pres­i­dent Kee­ley Mar­shall said the club wanted to help Ivan af­ter learn­ing of the work he did for the limited fund­ing he re­ceived.

‘‘We raise money through events like sausage siz­zles and we de­cided to take $500 from our fundrais­ing ef­forts to help Ivan,’’ Kee­ley said.

‘‘At Christ­mas peo­ple need a bit more help than usual, so this money will en­able Ivan to leave a voucher with fam­i­lies who are do­ing it tough.’’

Mr Lis­ter said do­na­tions like this were what kept him go­ing in what was a tough job.

‘‘It keeps me en­thused to know I’m backed by the com­mu­nity and that’s re­ally im­por­tant for me to have that sup­port,’’ Mr Lis­ter said. ‘‘When I’m at someone’s prop­erty it’s re­ally good to be able to leave some­thing.

‘‘I can share a lot of ad­vice, but some­times I just think ‘oh no, I haven’t got any­thing to leave’, so to be able to leave them with a $50 voucher is a re­ally good thing.

‘‘Some peo­ple might think that’s not much money, but to a lot of peo­ple it is.

‘‘It will buy some shopping or let them do some­thing with the kids. It’s very im­por­tant.

‘‘I’ve been given a cheque for $500 to­day. So that’s 10 fam­i­lies I can help with $50.

‘‘And the tim­ing is good as we know that be­tween now and Christ­mas a lot of fam­i­lies will be strug­gling.

‘‘I’ve asked the Leos to do up a lit­tle card with their logo, as it’s nice to show the com­mu­nity where the help is com­ing from.

‘‘They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate who has made the do­na­tion.’’

Grate­ful: The Be­nalla Leo club has do­nated $500 to as­sist the work of lo­cal ru­ral outreach worker Ivan Lis­ter.

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