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Prom goodwill gesture helps families in need

Monday 26 February, 2018

Towels, sheets, blankets, pillowcases...  These are not the usual items or assets you would associate with Parks Victoria or the management of one of our treasured landscapes.

However, the Tidal River visitor area at Wilsons Promontory National Park being one of the most popular holiday and camping spots utilises a large array of linen in the daily operations of the cabins and lodges.

Following a change in linen providers, Wilsons Promontory National Park ended up with an excess amount of bed linen and towels.

As a gesture of goodwill, the team wanted to contribute to the local community by donating the old linen to a few charitable organisations including:

  • Australian Red Cross
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Association (VACCA) Gippsland office
  • The Smith Family, Koorie Services (Morwell)

Jane Mendoza, Victorian Family and Relationship Services Manager at the Australian Red Cross said the linen will be distributed into resource packs and shared amongst a broad range of Red Cross programs, including women, family, children, Aboriginal and new migrant services.

Barbara Livingstone, Executive Director at VACCA also shared her gratitude saying the linen would be much needed in their homeless and family violence services.

Ms Mendoza kindly collected all the linen from Tidal River in the Red Cross Community Partnerships van.  She drove the linen down to VACCA and the Smith Family services in Morwell before delivering the remaining linen to the Red Cross head office in North Melbourne.

Overall, this donation proved not only to be a good deed, but it gave Wilsons Promontory Parks Victoria staff another way to engage with vital community services.

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