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Peninsula Villages Gives the Gift of Support this Bushfire Season

‘Tis the season of giving and Peninsula Villages is embracing this Christmas tradition by raising funds for the victims of our NSW bush fires.

Chief Executive Officer for Peninsula Villages, Shane Neaves, said he was thrilled with the kindness of residents, relatives and staff who have raised a total of $1,000 in just two weeks through tin collections at the residential aged care village.

“The situation in NSW is being described as unprecedented for the state. Four lives and more than 600 homes have been lost, with this number expected to increase over the season.

“The residents and staff at Peninsula Villages are experiencing only a small part of the impact from these fires with the thick smoke haze currently blanketing the Central Coast. It’s hard to imagine being evacuated from your home, not knowing when you’ll be able to return or if there’ll even be a home to return to,” said Shane.

“Many of our residents have lived through previous natural disasters, world wars and the great depression themselves and wanted to do something meaningful to help those families affected by the devastation. Hopefully the funds raised will help towards those affected receiving the support they need in this challenging time,” he continued.

The $1,000 raised via Peninsula Villages was today donated to the Australian Red Cross who are at the forefront of the bushfire emergency, offering psychological first aid and helping reconnect families.

“The Village chose to donate the money to the Australian Red Cross as they are pledging enormous support to people living in affected areas that may otherwise not have any in these difficult times,” said Shane.

This is not the first time Peninsula Villages has taken steps to raise funds for a good cause. A team of a dozen staff members branded ‘The Fun Club’ came together last year with the aim of organising monthly events for residents and locals that raise funds for community organisations and initiatives.

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In the last 12 months, the Peninsula Villages Fun Club has donated thousands of dollars to worthy causes, including Carrie’s Beanies for Brain Cancer, Fight Cancer Foundation, and to support the family of a staff member who suddenly passed away.

“Donations such as those received through the generosity of the Peninsula Villages community is vital to help keep many of these organisations and initiatives running. I am so proud and humbled to be part of such a caring organisation,” Shane concluded.