Making a difference
Local accounting firm Mogg Osborne will help bring some Christmas cheer to community members doing it tough, making a $5000 donation to MHA Care.
The money will go toward hamper packs for those in need through the Moira Foodshare program, co-ordinated by MHA Care.
Mogg Osborne client service officer Bree Carmichael said the firm was extremely pleased the money would benefit the local community.
‘‘We were lucky enough to get a $5000 Christmas bonus from the Count Charitable Foundation to donate to a nominated charity that either operates locally or directly benefits our local community,’’ she said.
‘‘We thought the Moira Foodshare program would benefit immensely from a donation of that size and with it being so close to Christmas, mixed in with the fact a lot of people are doing it tough at this time of year, Foodshare seemed like the perfect choice for the donation.’’
The Count Charitable Foundation was set up to support Count members (firms) in their philanthropic endeavours and help them make a significant difference in their communities.
MHA Care chief executive Michael Hogan said the money would go a long way and MHA Care was extremely grateful for the consideration shown by Mogg Osborne.
‘‘It will go toward purchasing products for emergency food packs and for the food we distribute through our shop fronts in Cobram and Yarrawonga — where people get referred to from St Vinnie’s or other community services to pick up non-perishable food items and fruit and vegetables,’’ he said.
Mr Hogan said preparations for providing food to those in need during the Christmas period were now in full swing.
‘‘The volunteers at the warehouse are starting to get orders for Christmas hampers and are putting those together now,’’ he said.
‘‘This year we’ve decided to give the hampers a bit more of a Christmas feel by putting in specific items like Christmas cakes.’’
Mr Hogan said without the input of the local community, the fantastic work of Moira Foodshare would cease to exist.
‘‘If it wasn’t for things like this donation, Foodshare wouldn’t be the service provider it is today,’’ he said.
‘‘The shire is a significant supporter of Foodshare and these types of donations from local businesses and community groups are what allow Foodshare to do what it does.
‘‘It’s pretty much the norm in rural communities. For whatever reason they seem to self-sustain and meet their own needs. One of the beauties of being in a small community is that people support each other.’’
Helping hand: Mogg Osborne director Peter Mogg, MHA Care chief executive Michael Hogan, Mogg Osborne director Rod McLeod, Sharra Beasley and Charlee Webster at the presentation.