Christmas hams were the order of the day on Tuesday when 250 were collected from a Tatura butcher as part of a donation from Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) to FamilyCare.
FamilyCare will use the hams as part of its Baskets of Joy program, which distributes hampers of food and essential items to local families in need during the festive season.
The 2017 fundraising program at GMW has built on the success of the 2016 program, and the staff-led involvement has expanded. In addition to the donation of 50 baskets filled with non-perishable household goods, $5000 was raised to purchase fresh hams for inclusion in the baskets.
FamilyCare Chief Executive David Tennant was on hand to collect the hams this week, and said it was great to see the project come to fruition.
“This is the first year we’ve had fresh hams for everyone, and the first year we’ve had more than 200 hampers for families so it’s exciting we are increasing our ability to help those who need it.
“Many of the families who receive a basket of goods have young children or they might be caring for children at a time in their life when they didn’t expect to be. It’s important to recognise it’s not just Christmas time that they need assistance – it’s all year round,” Mr Tennant said.
“I acknowledge the assistance of GMW and to have this kind of support from a major local employer is fantastic.”
GMW fundraising organiser Carol Steinfort said she was pleased to assist local families at a grassroots level.
“I appreciate the internal fundraising efforts by our staff who have made this possible and those who volunteered to help sort the donations and pack the baskets.
“Thanks also to Andrew Thomas at Thomas Family Butchers in Tatura for his support,” Ms Steinfort said.
“We’ve already placed our ham order for the 2018 fundraising efforts.”
GMW Managing Director Pat Lennon said he was proud of the staff efforts and supported the work of FamilyCare through this initiative.
“GMW is an organisation firmly embedded in our communities by managing the region’s most precious commodity - water,” Mr Lennon said.
“I am grateful we also have the people and passion to extend our services and, in this case, assist FamilyCare in helping local families in need,” he said.