Hawkesbury District Independent June 2017 #85 - Page 11

local life And the winner is... The Women’s Cottage at Richmond, part of Hawkesbury Area Women and Kids’ Services is the lucky recipient of the $1000 Community Grant from Telstra Store Richmond. Three organisations were selected as part of the store’s “Connecting With Our Community” grants program which provides financial assistance to worthwhile local community causes. These organisations were: Richmond’s Women’s Cottage, part of Hawkesbury Area Richmond North Public Women and Kids’ Services has received a $1000 Community School, Friends of the Colo Grant from Telstra Store, Richmond. and Hawkesbury Area Women and Kids Services Inc. “We order basic pantry items from “The exciting difference between this Foodbank once a fortnight that is then grant and other grants is that the people distributed to our clients. We also make up from the local community were the ones basic one-off hampers when women come who decided on the winner,” explained in after a crisis situation which can occur store licensee, Jim Gordon. on a daily basis. The winner, The Women’s Cottage, “We are excited to receive this grant offers support to women and children in which will help towards running the the Hawkesbury area who are escaping Foodbank. We are grateful to Telstra Store domestic violence. With over 30 years’ Richmond and the local community for experience, they have observed that helping us to help others,” said Nicolle. women cannot start to address the The two other causes are not left issues of domestic violence when they empty-handed. Richmond North Public are worried about something as basic as School will receive $300 for receiving the feeding their family. second highest number of votes while “We have set up a Foodbank program Friends of the Colo will receive $200. where we assist women and children by “All the causes are worthwhile so we providing basic food items to assist them didn’t want anyone to go away empty- in crisis situations and until they can gain handed. This is why we wanted to ensure other financial assistance,” said Manager, that all of the causes received some Nicolle Lewis. monetary assistance,” said Jim. THE hawkesbury INDEPENDENT www.hdinews.com.au ISSUE 85 // JUNE 2017 11