Open garden raises funds for Connect GV

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton's Connect GV is one step closer to having a new sensory garden thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Mooroopna.

The club donated a cheque for $2100 yesterday, which will be put towards Connect GV's new building.

The facility is planned to be built directly across the road from the current site in Bowenhall St, which currently houses the business's car park.

Rotary Club of Mooroopna president Belinda Brown said the money was raised at an open garden hosted in October at the house of one of Connect GV's family members.

“Bev had an idea of having an open garden at her home and she asked us because Bev's husband is in our Rotary Club,” she said.

“We all pitched in and helped set up and donated raffle prizes and so forth — we ended up being able to raise $2100, so it was fabulous.”

The day saw over 100 people attend in support, enjoying an afternoon of Devonshire tea and a sausage sizzle, with all the proceeds raised going towards Connect GV.

Bev admitted she was happy to help raise funds for the new facility, which she said was a much-needed upgrade for staff and families.

“Because they're building the new facility I thought if I could raise a bit of money, even for the sensory room or sensory garden ... with the help of Rotary and Connect GV we were thrilled to raise this amount,” she said.

Connect GV chief executive Carolynne Frost said the money would help them continue to provide individualised options for local people with a disability and their families.

She said they were getting ready to begin construction on the new building, waiting on a final sign-off from the Federal Government before they can get under way.

“We have everything, we’re ready to go, we’re just waiting on that sign-off,” Ms Frost said.

“Every little bit counts and sensory equipment is incredibly expensive, so we’re just so grateful.”