St John's Anglican Church provides support to community groups

Reverend Neil Percival of St John's Anglican Church with representatives who received donations on Wednesday on behalf of various community groups. Photo: Peter Guthrie
Reverend Neil Percival of St John's Anglican Church with representatives who received donations on Wednesday on behalf of various community groups. Photo: Peter Guthrie

Close to $30,000 raised by the St John's Anglican Church Op Shop has been shared among community groups and organisations in Young.

The money was collected through sales at the Op Shop over the past 12 months.

Money went to the Hilltops Community Hub, Crisis Accommodation Centre, Young and District Christian Education Association, Riding For Disabled, Young's Hospital Auxiliary and local Motor Neuron Disease fundraising efforts.

The Church provided $5000 to the Anglicare bushfire appeal and kept $1000 to bolster its own emergency fund.

Reverend Neil Percival said the Op Shop is a great way to provide a service to the community, and was proud to present donations to group representatives on Wednesday at the Church hall.

"Our Op Shop over the course of a year raises quite a bit of money. At the end of each year we like to give away the money to groups here in the Young community, so we have a morning tea at the beginning of each year to support a range of different groups. It's a privilege to be able to support the community through the generous hard work of the volunteers who come into the Op Shop," he said.

"Because of the current bushfire crisis we thought it was appropriate that some of the money went outside of the community so $5000 has gone to bushfire recovery through the Anglicare bushfire appeal.

"Also $1000 has gone towards topping up our emergency relief fund which we use to support people who come off the street through the front door.

"The amount of people we're seeing has been growing over the past few years so we go through quite a bit of money supporting those people." Volunteers each Monday morning sort through donations from community members.

"There's a large team of volunteers who sort it all into stuff that could be sold, made into rags for workshops, and some is of no use. It's a great community service," Reverend Percival said.

At the morning tea and presentation on Wednesday was Cheryl Matthews and Narelle Turner (Riding For Disabled), Jo Edmunds (Young District Christian Education Association), Joy Flett (MND), Naomi Peters (Hilltops Community Hub), and Dorothy Shepherd and Janice Ward (Hospital Auxiliary).

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