Toasting 40 years of service

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In it for the long haul: Western Port Community Support life members Babs Peters, Nanette Cumming and Molly Warren with former manager John Fraser who is now vice president of the committee. Picture: Supplied

AN organisation serving the disadvantaged around Western Port celebrated its 40th birthday with 40 guests at Flinders Golf Club.

Western Port Community Support manager Georgia Hourn said the Hastings-based agency founded in humble circumstances in April 1979 had “grown to become the largest provider of emergency relief in the Western Port region”.

“Presently we are a team of three part-time staff, including myself, alongside Liz Maher, who is coordinator of volunteers and administrative assistant, and Kara Van Der Heyde, our housing and support case worker.”

Ms Hourn praised the “35 dedicated volunteers” who make the service hum. “As a volunteer based, not-for-profit organisation we could not deliver the service we do without the commitment and generosity of our fabulous volunteers, past and present.”

Founding member Molly Warren has been an active volunteer with the group for all its 40 years.

First published in the Western Port Times – 8 May 2019

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