PEOPLE in need on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond will receive a helping hand this Christmas with South East Water employees raising almost $12,000 through their annual appeal.
The Christmas Giving Appeal supported three charities – including Ford For Change in Mount Martha and Clayton, and Seaford-based Mums Supporting Families in Need (MSFIN) – to provide food, clothing, clean drinking water and health care.
MSFIN marketing and fundraising manager Kim Michod said it was exciting to see donations of toys, clothes and essential food hampers left under the organisation’s Christmas tree to be distributed.
“Thanks to the employees at South East Water for their generous support. Without the help of our community, we can’t continue to support vulnerable families in need,” she said.
“The food hampers will go out to families to give some Christmas cheer, and the toys will be a special something under the tree on Christmas morning.”
South East Water employees have been supporting MSFIN at Christmas for 10 years. Employees also supported Food for Change, which grows fresh produce on farms in Clayton and Mount Martha for food relief organisations around Australia.
Support goes beyond South East Water’s service area to Purple House, an Aboriginal-led charity providing access to clean drinking water to enable dialysis services across remote parts of central Australia.
“I’m really proud of the support we’ve been able to provide our three chosen charities, giving back to those who do a great job in helping our customers and community access the essentials we can sometimes take for granted: food, clothing, clean drinking water and healthcare,” South East Water managing director Lara Olsen said.
“It’s the charities that lead and undertake this incredible work, day in and day out.
“We’re happy to help in the small way we can.”