THERE was a very special fundraiser happening in town last Thursday that raised almost $1000 for sick children and their families.
The Heathcote fundraiser for Very Special Kids was out the front of Champion’s IGA raising money for children’s hospice and family support in Melbourne.
The street stall raised $925.65, with more still to be counted.
Very Special Kids supports more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition.
The organisation provides counselling, sibling support, bereavement support, specialist care and more with the help of trained family volunteers.
Ardina Davis, a member of the Heathcote organising committee, said the support of local individuals and businesses had been outstanding.
“It was great, we have lots of sponsors and a great local support. This isn’t just a charity in Melbourne, they help people all over Victoria,” she said.
“I just helped coordinate this, it’s Heathcote’s because they’re the ones who have got behind it.”
Locals donated goods to be sold on tables and businesses in town donated items as raffle prizes — of which there are 17.
The raffle runs until this Saturday, with tickets available at the Heathcote Post Office, Segafredo’s Bakery, Swirls Gifts and Décor, Gaggle of Geese and Champion’s Supa IGA.
Ardina said thanks go to Janet and Colin Stobaus, Terri Johnson, Chris Cail, Heathcote and District Community Bank, Champion’s IGA, Heathcote Lions Club and every business in town that contributed in any way.
Fundraising volunteers Margaret McHarg and Ardina Davis.