Locals from the postcode area 2515, from Wombarra to Thirroul, are getting together and are asking for food to practically help and support families who need help.
At the end of June people will be door knocking and will be asking locals to extend their helping hand by donating tins of food (or money) for the emergency relief at Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre. Non-perishable food can also be dropped at IGA Thirroul, Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre and Austinmer Anglican Church.
There is an average of 27 Northern Illawarra families seeking help a week through the emergency relief programme at the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre. Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre co-ordinator Emily Messieh says the program assists people in crisis, “In a way that maintains dignity and encourages self-reliance.”
Gareth Widdop, on behalf of the Dragons, said “The Dragons acknowledge the good work done by volunteers in supporting those in our community who need help. As a Thirroul resident myself, I encourage all northern suburbs families to get behind the food campaign.”
Businesses are getting involved with cafes, bank and supermarket, chemist, newsagency, medical practice and even staff at the railway station collecting tins from their staff.
“We appreciate the chance for us to be able throw our support behind such a great cause. Our local area has many great local community groups and charitable causes that do great things for our community. At IGA Thirroul our team understand that as a large business in the area it is very important that we lend our support to many of these groups and charities to benefit our community. We see the people doing great things here in our community every day and many of them are in our store shopping regularly. We appreciate our chance to give back.” David Hoade Owner and Manager IGA Thirroul
“Horizon is a firm believer in supporting the local community and is proud to support the Food Campaign at 2515. The initiative is one way local residents can give back to the community and this reflects what we as a credit union are all about.”
Mitchell Cooper Manager Horizon Thirroul
Illawarra local politicians the Hon. Sharon Bird MP and Mayor Gordon Bradbery are supporting the campaign.
“The Food Campaign @ 2515 is a great and practical way in helping families in need. I support the initiative by Thirroul Anglican and Austinmer Anglican churches in organising this campaign in support of the Emergency Relief Programme at Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre. Most people have extra tins and or packaged foods in their cupboards so I encourage people to donate one or two.” Mayor Gordon Bradbbery
“Many of us will often have an abundance of food tins in our pantries that may eventually go to waste. A small donation of one or two tins of food can ensure that someone in our community has something to eat when they otherwise might have to go without,” the Hon. Sharon Bird MP
Other people supporting the campaign are: Thirroul Surf Life Saving, Thirroul Fire Brigade, C3 church, and Lighthouse Church.
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