Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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