Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Christmas for those no longer alone

Editor January 18, 2018
GENEROSITY AT HEART… From left, Ulysses Motorcycle Club members, Malcolm Padley, John Gallagher, John Bennetts, Steve Neff (from Christmas for Those Alone) and John Painter. Photo: Supplied.

GENEROSITY AT HEART… From left, Ulysses Motorcycle Club members, Malcolm Padley, John Gallagher, John Bennetts, Steve Neff (from Christmas for Those Alone) and John Painter. Photo: Supplied.

CHRISTMAS for those alone enjoyed their biggest event yet this year with 300 patrons enjoying the day’s festivities and the true meaning of Christmas thanks to the 61 volunteers on the day and the generosity of local businesses.

Committee president, Steven Neff said you can’t put a cost on the generosity of the human spirit, especially at Christmas time.

“To have 61 volunteers who willingly gave a fair chunk of their Christmas Day is a credit to everyone who was involved.

“We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the day. The thing is, at the beginning of the day you don’t know each other, but because you’re all in a similar situation and you’re together on the day you form friendships. It just means so much to everyone who attends.

“The business people in Shepparton are just so generous. Their support has been incredible. There are so many generous people out there who do things without looking for recognition and it makes you very proud to live in such a wonderful community.

“The Ulysses Motorcycle Club came along on the day and surprised us with a cheque presentation for $2,500, which is fantastic. Just so generous. This donation will go a long way towards getting next year’s event up and running.

“Also, a big thank you to our supporters and sponsors for the event, Greater Shepparton City Council, SPC Limited, Unilever to name just a few.”

“It’s hard to put a dollar figure on the generosity of people. Especially at this time of year when people feel so vulnerable. It’s tremendously heart felt.”