Nominate someone to receive an inspiration package

By Shepparton News

Community members are being asked to nominate someone living with cancer to receive an inspiration package.

The inspiration packages have been assembled using money raised at Shepparton Youth Foyer’s annual fundraising dinner.

Centre team leader Matthew Jobling said packages would be tailored to suit individuals’ needs.

‘‘It’s a basic application form and we ask a series of questions about their hobbies, interests and who the package is going to,’’ he said.

Only three packages had so far been given out and the team was encouraging people to nominate themselves or someone they know who had been affected by cancer to receive a package.

‘‘A lot of people are too proud to accept gifts and they always think there is someone worse off than themselves,’’ Mr Jobling said.

The centre has raised $14000 from hosting the annual fundraising dinner in the past two years.

The dinner gives youths staying at the centre a chance to give back to the community and show off their skills by cooking the meals or serving in various front-of-house roles.

‘‘The entire dinner is driven by the students and they get to take away employment opportunities,’’ Mr Jobling said.

‘‘They also know they are giving back to the community by helping people who are affected by cancer in the local area.’’

The Youth Foyer provides support for people aged 16 to 24 who need a place to stay until they have the chance to transition into independent living or until they reconnect with their families.

This year’s fundraising dinner is on Friday, October 18, at Bill and Beats Cafe, Mooroopna.

Tickets will go on sale in early September. For information, phone Ruben Moreno on 58256104.