More than 70 people attended a barbecue run by the Let’s Get Together Group in Shepparton on Tuesday.
In its 15th year, the group has barbecues every two months as a way to bring elderly members of the community together to break down the barriers of social isolation.
The event was organised as a fundraiser for Numurkah’s Robyn Greatorex , who suffers from cerebral palsy and is in need of a new wheelchair.
Let’s Get Together chairwoman Joan Mitchell said the group came across Ms Greatorex through the Wunghnu Tavern and wanted to do something to support her journey.
‘‘Her mum and dad were finding it hard to lift her wheelchair into the boot of her car, so we wanted to raise money for her to purchase something more lightweight,’’ Ms Mitchell said.
‘‘This will allow her to have her own independence.’’
The volunteer-run group has a number of sponsors who donate food for the barbecues.
Two of the group’s volunteers, Sue Price and Paul Shaw, recently received Frances Pennington Awards for their voluntary contribution to the community.
Ms Price, who has been volunteering with the group for four years, said she was shocked to receive the award, but was proud to be a recipient.
‘‘I love helping the community and doing things for others ... I have always been involved with looking after the elderly,’’ she said.
‘‘It is nice to be recognised and appreciated for the work we do.’’
For more information about upcoming barbecues, phone Joan on 0407558250. Anyone is welcome to attend.