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Grampians Health lends a helping to those in need

8 November 2022

As Grampians Health marked World Homeless Day on October 7, its staff members answered a call to donate non-perishable pantry items for those in need across the region.

Staff of Grampians Health across Horsham, Dimboola, Edenhope, Stawell and Ballarat contributed generously by filling up food baskets placed in their respective campus with tinned goods, dried food, canned beverages and cereals.

Goods that were donated at the sites were allocated to various charities across the region.

Items donated by staff members in Grampians Health Edenhope, Dimboola and Horsham were provided to the Christian Emergency Food Centre and gratefully received by volunteers Marylou and John Spehr. The CEFC supports people in need from the municipalities of Hindmirsh, Horsham Rural City, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack as well as some parts of the Buloke and Northern Grampians shires.

Items donated by staff in Stawell were provided to the Stawell Neighbourhood House and Interchurch Council Cottage and were gratefully received by volunteer Evelyn and will assist with emergency relief assistance to those in need in Stawell and around the region.

The Ballarat SoupBus was the beneficiary of Grampians Health Ballarat’s collection and the goods were gratefully received by volunteer Lynda McDonald.

The SoupBus is run by the Ontrack Foundation, which is a voluntary Board and provides an after-dark meal service to Ballarat’s homeless and less fortunate through the cooperation and support of the Ballarat community.

SoupBus aims to create dignified and respectful interaction with those in our community who need immediate assistance five evenings a week.

Grampians Health is proud to support the work done by these groups in assisting people in need.

We thank all those staff and community members who contributed to the baskets.