We are extremely humbled by the support our organisation has received in the lead up to Christmas.
So many hands, offers of help, donations, appeals, collections and drop-offs – all provided with a sprinkling of goodwill, kindness and generosity!
Our Christmas Appeal culminated in a BBQ supplied for our service users, cooked by our local MPs, shaded by Highett Community Bank marquees, food donated through Lennie’s Van (St Leonard’s College), storage (and aprons) provided through Laminex Australia (Cheltenham plant).
Our Christmas hampers and special gift items were provided courtesy of a magnitude of donations including Freemason’s Community Relief and Brighton Red Cross, Coles Hampton, F45 Training Centres, Fit Lane Gym, Hampton Scouts, Rotary Clubs of Brighton and Sandringham, Bayside City Council, Sandy Beach Community Centre, Beaumaris/Mordialloc Baptist Church, Cheltenham-Mentone Uniting Church, All Souls Anglican Church, St David’s Anglican Church, Cheltenham Presbyterian Church, Leighmoor Uniting Church, St James Church, Concourse Traders Association, Parklands Ladies Golf Club…the list goes on!
Each year we support many local children through our school network and publicly funded Education Support Program (thanks to Rotary Clubs of Brighton and Sandringham, and Highett Community Bank) and in return many of our school take up a collection of toys and gifts for us to distribute to our community members. This year we were once again blown away by the magnitude of generosity and kindness shown by Bentleigh Secondary School, Hampton Primary, Moorabbin Primary, Sandy East Primary, Sandringham Primary, Sacred Heart and Beaumaris Primary Schools! You guys are absolutely awesome!
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better places like Aquila, Mars Wrigley and a small army of individuals all chipped in with extra goodies.
Tim Wilson, Brad Rowswell and James Newbury also supported our efforts this year by running their own appeals, enabling us to put many smiles on many faces!
We would not be able to do what we do without you all. From all of us at BayCISS – our Committee of Management, staff, volunteers (haven’t they gone the extra mile), students, and most importantly, our service users – our sincere thanks to you all. There is so much good in the world and it makes us proud to be a part of such a magnificent community.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
Don’t forget we are back open for business although our hours are reduced from 10am until 2pm each weekday over the month of January. We look forward to seeing you all again soo