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Opp Shop wows Drum

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June 07, 2017

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum with MHA Care workers Chris Symonns, Acting CEO Wendy Ross, Lynne Manktelow and Robin Harwood.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum visited Yarrawonga recently and received a guided tour of the Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop and Foodshare facilities run by MHA Care.

Mr Drum praised the organisation for coordinating such a successful community care plan.

“During my visit to Moira Shire on May 16, I had the pleasure of meeting with Wendy Ross, Acting CEO of MHA Care, and staff at the Yarrawonga Community Opportunity Shop,” Mr Drum said.

“Wendy and her staff informed me MHA Care has more than 500 volunteers and covers Yarrawonga, Cobram and Numurkah, delivering a wide range of services to the community including the Commonwealth Funded Aged Care Packages.

“Seeing services provided by MHA Care such as the  Foodshare program that delivers more than 200,000 meals per year to people in need is truly amazing, particularly that the Yarrawonga Community Opp Shop generates a significant portion of the funding.

“The time and commitment given by staff and volunteers by MHA Care to those in need deserves all the support the community of Moira can give.”

Robin Harwood from MHA Care said Mr Drum was extremely receptive to the achievements of MHA Care.

“He spent about an hour with us at the Opp Shop and he was very interested in the whole philosophy of both the Opp Shop and Foodshare,”Mr Harwood said.

“Mr Drum commented on how great our organisation was and where we source our food; Campbell Soups in Lemnos near Shepparton have been tremendous supporters.

“If we didn’t have our huge volunteer base we certainly wouldn’t be able to work the way we do, they really are the backbone of our organisation.”

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