NEWS Char­ity gains in Hub loss

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - JU­DITH AISTHORPE

A SIL­VER lin­ing came out of the clo­sure of the Palmer­ston Sports Club, with lo­cal char­ity Food­bank pick­ing up hun­dreds of ki­los of food to de­liver to the re­gion’s needy.

The club, also known as The Hub, shut its doors on Wed­nes­day. The clo­sure shocked the com­mu­nity and left more than 50 peo­ple out of a job.

More than 900kg of food was do­nated to Food­bank.

They sup­ply food to char­i­ties that feed the Ter­ri­tory’s need­i­est res­i­dents.

Food­bank NT chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Avery said the items do­nated would make 1216 meals.

He said the gen­eros­ity of The Hub would mean peo­ple would be tuck­ing into de­li­cious high-qual­ity meals next week.

He said the pro­duce col­lected were items Food­bank rarely saw come through their doors.

“We got seafood and got some qual­ity steak, it’s not nor­mally some­thing that we ever source,” he said. “It’s great for our clients.” Food­bank also picked up a wide range of fresh veg­gies.

Food­bank col­lected the food on Fri­day af­ter em­ploy­ees, who were of­fered the food, elected to do­nate it to oth­ers more needy.

“It’s a re­ally pos­i­tive thing out of a re­ally neg­a­tive thing,” Mr Avery said.

In a state­ment, board mem­bers said the Palmer­ston Sports Club had been forced to close its doors af­ter suf­fer­ing a down­turn in busi­ness while hav­ing to main­tain an un­de­sir­able cost struc­ture and premises that were no longer con­ducive to pa­tron­age.

The Hub had been op­er­at­ing since 1999.

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