Opinion

All aboard with big heart

By Shepparton News

The purchase of a new mini bus for Mercy Place Shepparton’s residents demonstrates the generosity of the community.
The $64th000 needed for the bus was raised in under 12 months after efforts ramped up in November last year following a tragic accident in which three residents lost their lives.
It did not take long for local organisations to step up and donate large portions of the funds needed.
The Shepparton RSL has been incredibly generous to the aged-care facility during the ordeal.
Firstly offering Mercy Place the use of its mini bus until it was able to secure a new one, the RSL will also donate $2000 each year for the ongoing maintenance of the vehicle.
Furthermore, residents had even dipped into their own pockets to help the cause, writing out cheques to put toward the grand total.
It is not unusual to hear of such generosity in Shepparton when people are facing time of hardship.
At The News, we often report on financial donations and they are a reminder that regional communities are always there to support one another.
Another large donation made by Peter Copulos towards cancer patients in the Goulburn Valley also demonstrates this.
For the past 30 years he has given back to the community he holds dear to his heart and his recent donation of $100th000 to the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre is incredibly generous.
While people living in regional areas often feel as if they can be overlooked when it comes to large government funding, they are certainly not overlooked by the people living within the community.
It is a direct result of such generous human spirit that this community is able to thrive and continue to grow.