THANKS a million! That was the message from Relay For Life to all of Glenelg Shire after total donations for the 12 years of the cancer-fighting event topped one million dollars this weekend. A crowd of about 80 people at Nelson Park on Saturday erupted in cheers when Sarah Mayhew, regional co-ordinator for Relay For Life, announced that this year’s total of $64,240 had pushed the overall figure to $1,015,154. “That is a phenomenal total,” Graham Sealey chair of the SW Relay For Life committee said. “But achieving a big sum is not the focus of what we do,” he said. “It’s all about the way the community has come together to support this event year after year. “Such an event would not be so successful without the community’s whole-hearted backing. “The committee has worked tirelessly for the last few months and we feel so humble. “This weekend they have heard first-hand how the money the teams have raised is spent.” Ranging from workplace to church and social groups, 17 teams were entered this year, each fund-raising separately. Three of the teams had such exceptional results they have become eligible for a research award that allows them to personally name a cancer research project. The three are Kelpie Krew from Casterton (with a remarkable total of $22,520), Jaws For Life (SES), and Quadrant Sec. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
THE good work by Loaves and Fishes in our community will continue thanks to new flooring installed in itsPortlandfood preparation area. The commercial quality vinyl flooring, funded by a donation from United Way Glenelg (UWG) to the sum of $3450, allowed the organisation to retain its food registration which is essential to their operation. The flooring came at a time when ensuring the survivival of Loaves and Fishes is more important than ever. Demand for support continues to increase and the organisation now interviews more than 200 clients per month, with most requiring food assistance. UWG executive officer Nicole Reefman said funding was allocated to replace the flooring as it allowed Loaves and Fishes to continue their important work in the community whilst also providing a safe and comfortable environment for volunteers. “Loaves and Fishes possess a dedicated team of volunteers who assist in the provision of emergency relief to residents of all ages in our community,” Mrs Reefman said. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
A STRONG last minute community campaign has resulted in Sea View House Residential Care secure more than $140,000 from theLewis Courtboard of management. The community-led campaign followed fears that the board had already made an in-principle decision on the future of the funds without public input. It is believed the campaign, which also included many letters to the editor being published in the Portland Observer, forced the board to call a community meeting held late last month to seek public input on how more than $1 million under the board’s control should be managed and distributed. The board made the decision last week on the future use and management of the funds from the sale of the formerLewisCourtHomefor the Aged property at18 Wellington Rd. Projects for senor citizens within the Glenelg Shire will also be winners with $1 million being allocated to United Way Glenelg to manage in a separate find known as the Lewis Court Fund. Disbursements from the fund will be made from earnings less CPI to preserve the fund’s capital. Funding from the Lewis Court Fund will not be used for capital projects or administrative costs. The board has placed no conditions on the donation to Sea View House, but the funding is dependant on Sea View House gaining charitable status from the Australian Tax Office. Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
PORTLAND’s Mitre 10 is expected to open its doors for a brief trading period in the near future to allow a creditor to recoup money and goods. The hardware and timber business in Henty St was operated by Portland Timber and Hardware Pty ltd which had liquidators appointed last Monday. Mitre 10 is a creditor of Portland Timber and Hardware and owns the vast majority of stock at the business. A Mitre 10 spokesman said on Friday that the store would open its doors again for a brief period, probably in four to five weeks time at the earliest. “We can’t say exactly when because we have to work with the liquidators on this,” he said. “I have been in contact with the local staff who worked at the business, and the vast majority have indicated they are more than happy to assist us in this process. “We are not part of Portland Timber and Hardware, but it did use our brand and goods.” Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.
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