The Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House community meals program provides elderly and isolated members of the community with a free meal and some company each week. Volunteers from the house were devastated when funding for their meals program recently dried-up unexpectedly. It’s an issue many of the Neighbourhood House organisations in south-east Melbourne are currently facing.
When Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch Manager, Fiona Parsons, heard that the program was in jeopardy she sprang into action.
Fiona canvassed local businesses to make donations for a raffle, and the Mt Eliza branch staff sold hundreds of tickets to local customers and businesses to raise funds.
In late March, the team from Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House were invited into the Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch to draw the raffle. Fiona and the team surprised them by presenting a $2,126 cheque for the raffle proceeds, topped up with some extra sponsorships funds from the bank.
The funds will help the local meals program continue for some time.
“Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch doesn’t currently have a large sponsorship budget. But with the determination of our staff, board and community, we’re finding creative ways to contribute and make a difference,” said local board member Alex Godfrey.
The Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House volunteers run their social group community lunches on Mondays and Thursdays. For more information drop into the Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House at 90–100 Canadian Bay Road, Mt Eliza, or visit them online at: www.mountelizanh.com.au.
Photo (from left): Sandie, Lester and Kelly from the Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House with Mt Eliza Community Bank Branch Manager, Fiona Parsons