The Sea Views Manor community, like so many other individuals and groups has been deeply saddened by the shocking bushfires affecting people, property and wildlife across several Australian states. The residents, relatives and staff recently banded together to plan how best they might be able to respond to the needs of so many fellow Australians at this time with a bushfire fundraiser.
The first of four special morning teas was conducted under the banner of ‘Coffee for a Cause’. Over delicious coffee and cakes, a resident focus group shared ideas as to how they might be able to raise much needed funds to bring relief to those with so little.
As well as ‘Coffee for a Cause’, the residents suggested a supper family evening, date yet to be confirmed, when all could gather and unite together to help others. The intention is to charge entry for family members and friends of Sea Views and stage a silent auction for goods donated by Ocean Grove businesses and other like-minded groups at this special event.
On January 24th, the facility’s annual Australia Day community event, there will be an opportunity for residents to make gold coin donations as part of the ‘Give Back to the Bush’ festivity that will include an afternoon concert and special shared lunch. There is also a donation tin provided in the foyer to make a separate donation.
In the coming weeks and months, Cottage by The Sea, a Queenscliff based national organisation, is planning to provide specific respite holidays for children whose homes and lives have been severely affected by the bushfires and the Sea Views Community has opted to donate monies raised to help provide holidays for these traumatised children. It costs about $550 per child for a week’s respite holiday – that provides food and fun activities- so all feel committed to support such a worthy cause provided by an organisation based within our local area.
In less than a week, our very generous residents have raised around $300. A barometer has been placed near reception that will keep residents updated on the funds raised with our next few events.
We look forward to sharing what we have been able to do as a community of grateful people in the weeks ahead.
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