Help for those doing it tough


Helping hand: Mount Martha Rotary’s Roger Skipsey with Jenny Mihan, of Mt Martha House, Stuart Davis-Meehan, of Mornington Community Information and Support Centre, and Robyn Ruhl, of Mount Martha Boomerang Bags. Picture: Gary Sissons

MORNINGTON Community Information and Support Centre has a supply of free reusable and single-use masks for those struggling amid the tougher COVID-19 restrictions.

This has come about after Mount Martha Rotary’s Roger Skipsey and Mount Martha Boomerang Bags’ Robyn Ruhl came together and arranged to provide the centre with 100 reusable masks.

“Mount Martha House co-ordinator Jenny Mihan had called asking for help,” Mr Skipsey recalled. “She said Mornington Peninsula Shire was trying to source 500 reusable coronavirus masks to be distributed to the under privileged.”

Keen to help, Mr Skipsey called Robyn Ruhl, of Boomerang Bags Mount Martha, whose team committed to sewing 100 masks, with the Rotary club agreeing to pay for them. The order was made and the work began.

“When we all work together we can really make a difference … especially in this coronavirus world,” Mr Skipsey said.

Their offer was welcomed by community information and support centre manager Stuart Davis-Meehan, who had been concerned some people who could not afford to buy masks were wearing single use masks over and over again.

“We are so grateful to Mt Martha Rotary and Mt Martha Boomerang Bags for their support.

“This is just one less thing that people who are already struggling have to worry about.”

The centre is continuing to provide food and financial support throughout the Stage 4 restrictions. Those in need are asked to call 5975 1644, 9am-4pm Monday to Friday, to arrange a visit.

First published in the Mornington News – 11 August 2020


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