I was fortunate to attend the 2AY Radio Xmas party on the 1st December, which gave me the opportunity to meet a number of local businesses and community minded people. Brendan O’ Laughlin, 2AY station manager, very kindly gave me the chance to speak about our Trust In Kids fund. It was also an opportunity to show off the new branding devised by Dutch Media, which was well received. A number of businesses expressed interest in Trust In Kids, which was very gratifying. One of these was the Cycle Station in Albury, who happened to generously donate three bikes to UMFC. These are going to good homes and will make some children very excited. Jake Wolki from Cycle Station and Brendan O’Laughlin from 2AY Radio are pictured presenting me with the bikes.
The owners of the Cycle Station are well aware of the struggles of families and children doing it tough, and I believe we may be able to share some future stories of their contribution to our cause. I never cease to be amazed at the goodwill that exists for UMFC in the community, which is a reflection of the great work our people do on a daily basis. I received an invitation to be a guest speaker at the Lavington Lions club after meeting the club President, Graham Jenkin, at the same event, and will use this time to highlight Trust In Kids too. Similarly, at our AGM on the 24/11 where we officially launched the new Trust In Kids branding, the CEO of the Rural City of Wodonga, Patience Harrington expressed interest in organising support at a workplace level.
It all goes to show that if you have a good cause there are great people out there willing to lend a hand. When times get tough that’s a fact that really helps you to hang on in.