Spe­cial ef­fort


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.

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