Community partnership covers back-to-school costs

Hepburn Regional Community Cheer has provided $2,500 to Central Highlands Rural Health to help ease the financial stress locals often experience at the start of the school year.

Community Cheer promotes social inclusion, equity and resilience by empowering the many local residents experiencing financial hardship to accept the generosity of their own community. The organisation’s President Michelle Clifford commented at the cheque presentation, “Despite its veneer of affluence, our region is in fact home to quite a large number of marginalised individuals and families who are often in dire need of financial support. Coming just after Christmas, back-to-school costs can strain many a budget.”

Central Highlands Rural Health’s collaboration ensures that this support is targeted to those in greatest need. Many possible recipients of this community generosity are identified through the health service’s ongoing provision of district nursing, meals on wheels, community health, hospital and aged care services. The health service now invites families who are experiencing financial challenges related to return to school costs to seek assistance.

The health service’s Chief Operating Officer Phil Catterson said, “We really encourage locals in need to please call the Daylesford Community Health Centre on 5321 6550 to book an appointment. We appreciate our ongoing partnership with Community Cheer to jointly enhance the lives of our most vulnerable community members.”

Pictured:  Phil Catterson and Michelle Clifford

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