Van donation says We Care 2
HERVEY BAY'S We Care 2 will now be able to transport more fresh food to its Torquay centre after receiving a new $30,000 van.
The charity group received the $30,000 grant from Woolworths and Fraser Coast Motor Centre knocked $7000 off the asking price of the Hyundai iLoad van to make the purchase possible.
Woolworths is contributing the fresh food that is left unsold at the end of each day to those who need it most and the van will be an essential part of transporting that food back to the centre.
Previously the centre only had the use of a ute to transport food, which was able to carry half as much as the new van – and it will do it in an air-conditioned environment.
“We Care 2 is delighted to be able to upgrade our food collection vehicle to collect food from Woolworths and various local business,” Robert Geluk, CEO of We Care 2, said.
“This food is being used to provide support for families that are struggling in the current economic climate as well as feeding, through We Care 2's homeless food program, those who are unfortunate enough to find themselves without shelter and provision at this time in their lives.”
Scott Harrison, store manager of Woolworths in Hervey Bay, said it was satisfying to help We Care 2 improve its facilities as well as providing food to the organisation.
“This year, the Woolworths Fresh Food Rescue campaign aims to provide two million meals for those in need nationally and a further $2 million for those who serve them,” he said.
Federal member for Hinkler Paul Neville said it was fantastic to see two organisations come together for the betterment of the community.
“I think it's a practical example of a major Australian company backing up their commitment to disadvantaged Australians.”