Mr Pesutto (Hawthorn) (09:48:53) — As members in this place know, one of the most rewarding contributions we can make is to charities providing essential support to the disadvantaged in our community. One of the local charities I am very proud to be a patron of is Hawthorn Community Chest, which has been around since 1958, working with care providers and other local charities to try to ensure that families and people in need in Boroondara do not fall between the cracks.
Hawthorn Community Chest was established to help those within Boroondara. Many of these people have experienced family breakdown, unemployment, poverty, sickness or mental health issues. In all cases their needs are above and beyond the financial assistance they receive through government agencies. Hawthorn Community Chest mostly receives requests for help through local care providers such as Camcare, a fantastic local organisation based in Camberwell; Uniting Care or Boroondara outreach services.
Last week I was extremely pleased to meet with the president of Hawthorn Community Chest, Sarah Curtis, and Hawthorn Community Chest’s new executive manager, Tina Probert.
Tina started her position only recently, and we are all excited about the contribution she will make.
I am particularly pleased to announce that Hawthorn Community Chest has recently launched a business supporter program which asks the leaders of businesses in our local community to take a stand for those in need in Boroondara through annual donations or support of $1000 or more. Donations only go to those people in need. I congratulate Hawthorn Community Chest on its great work, as Boroondara has many households that have an income of less than $300 a week, with communities greatly in need.