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Generous gesture helps families

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2008

Target staff Holle Pearson and Maggie Spicer with some of the back-to-school merchandise families can buy with their vouchers Target staff Holle Pearson and Maggie Spicer with some of the back-to-school merchandise families can buy with their vouchers

Needy local families have had some financial pressure taken off their back-to-school preparations.

The BH Community Foundation (BHCF) is distributing 400 $50 Target vouchers to families in need after it attracted a record $20,000 as part of its back-to-school program for the district.

Chairman Vince Gauci said that this was the fourth year that the foundation had participated in the program.

"The start of the new year is the most stressful financial period for families," he said.

"We are delighted to be able to help distribute within our community this significant contribution."

The BHCF, Lifeline, the Smith Family and Good Beginnings are working together in the program.

Lifeline Manager, Richard Lines, said this ensured the families in greatest need obtained the benefits whilst maintaining full confidentiality for all involved.

Funding for the program was provided by the Sidney Myer Fund. The BHCF is also supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

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