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Community News August 2019

Suzanna Barry - Friday, August 09, 2019

Our August newsletter has landed, and as you can probably guess there's plenty of Johnno's Run news. We are so proud of our community that has really got behind Johnno's Run. It is such an inclusive event, raises important awareness and continues to raise significant funds to help build homes for people with disability. Thanks again for the widespread support of Johnno's Run 2019.

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We are currently preparing our Annual Report, and hope that you will be able to join us for our Annual General Meeting which will be held on Thursday 10 October 2019 at 7.30pm at the Echuca Workers. This is a very significant year for us, as it is our 40 year celebration.

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO

Pictured below: Gary Harvey (Maw
sons), Damien Hogan Property & Maintenance Coordinator), John Mawson and Suzanna Barry (CEO) at the Moama Opening Doors Project, 33 Maiden Street Moama.


 

Community News February 2019

Suzanna Barry - Monday, February 04, 2019

Our February - March newsletter is hot of the press! I hope you enjoy catching up on our latest news.

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We are currently undertaking our annual survey to gain your feedback so that we can continue to improve our services. If you are a client who received services from us in 2018 we would really appreciate you completing our survey. It will take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the link - Client Survey

Alternatively you are welcome to enjoy a complimentary coffee and speak directly to one of our team and complete the survey at the Murray River Tea Rooms from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 14th February, Tuesday 19th February or Thursday 21st February.

If you are a Murray River Tea Rooms customer we'd also love you to complete the Tea Rooms Survey.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the Moama Bowling Club for being the Event Sponsor of our upcoming 13th Annual Fundraising Dinner and Major Sponsors - Bella Casa Houseboats, Echuca Carpet Court, Riverboats Music Festival, Mawsons, the Riverine Herald, Edge FM, Bob the Blindman, Murray River Council and Echuca House. We also greatly appreciate the support of the 285 guests attending, our General Sponsors, Corporate Table Sponsors and the many local businesses who have donated auction items and raffle prizes. We are looking forward to a fantastic event on February 26.

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO

December 2019 Community News

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Welcome to our final newsletter for 2018. It's been another busy year, and we've appreciated working with all our clients, our staff and volunteers, the community, local businesses, our Ambassadors, and corporate supportors. There's been a lot achieved thanks to community partnerships and generous support our organisation. We are very grateful.

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This week we celebrate International Day of People with Disability. The theme is "Empowering people with disabilty, ensuring inclusiveness and equality". This theme undperins all we do at CLRS, not just once a year, but every day of the year. We are excited to have our annual Client and Family Christmas party Monday evening, December 3, on International Day of People with Disability, and look forward to catching up with many that have received services this year.

December will be busy with many events. A highlight will be Saturday December 15, on the Pride of the Murray. Benny Walker, our Opening Doors Ambassador and talented local musician, will be performing aboard the Pride of the Murray Paddle Steamer from 3pm - 5pm, while guests enjoy a cruise on the Murray River. Guests will be treated to savouries compliments of Cadell Food Service and cheese and fruit platters generously donated by Pacdon Park and Forever Fresh. If you'd like to attend tickets are $40 and are available online. There are limited tickets and 100% of the ticket sales are being dontated to the Moama Opening Doors Project.

Congratulations to Brady Threlfall on receiving the 2018 Cletus Gilmour Fundraising Award. You can read more about this award in our newsletter.

I look to seeing you in the leadup to the Christmas period.

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO

Community News June 2018

Suzanna Barry - Friday, June 01, 2018


Our June / July Community News is hot off the press! Read Newsletter here

We can hardly believe we are almost half way through 2018. We continue to be busy, particularly with the NDIS implementation and clients approaching their first NDIS review.

It is wonderful to see many of our clients embracing Johnno's Run this year, with many attending the Johnno's Run walk/run training sessions at Scenic Drive on Monday afternoons (4.30 pm or 5.15 pm). All are welcome to come along. Thanks to all who are participating or supporting team members.

You may like to follow the team's progress over the next couple of months - Team Members

Thank you for your continued support of Community Living & Respite Services.

Best wishes

Suzanna Barry

CEO


April 2018 News

Suzanna Barry - Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Our April newsletter is hot off the press! We hope you enjoy catching up with our latest news. We have included some great photos of our Johnno's Run 2018 launch, Annual Fundraising Dinner and Club Teen out & about in our community.

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The Annual Fundraising Dinner was a great success and Anna Meares OAM was a fantastic guest speaker. $73,500 was raised which will support the Opening Doors Project in Moama which we hope to commence later this year, if successful with outstanding grant applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Newsletter - March 2018

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to the March edition of our monthly Volunteer Newsletter, which keeps volunteers informed of what’s happening at Community Living & Respite Services, upcoming events, points of interest, profiles of new and existing volunteers.

Please feel free to provide any feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement.

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If you would like to enquire about volunteering opportunities, I would love to hear from you. We particularly need volunteers for the Op Shop at 4 Percy Street Echuca for Saturday mornings. If you could assist once a month for a few hours, please let me know!

Give Happy, Live Happy!

Liz Rowsell

Volunteer Coordinator

lrowsell@clrs.org.au 03 5480 2388


 

February 2018 News

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Our February newsletter is hot off the press!  We hope you enjoy catching up with our latest news.  We have included some great photos of our clients enjoying the holiday activities, taking leadership roles and enjoying a cruise to the Pacific Islands.

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We would also like to extend our thanks to Moama Bowling Club who is the Event Sponsor of our upcoming 12th Annual Fundraising Dinner, along with Major Sponsors: Echuca Amcal, Bella Casa Houseboats, Riverine Herald, Ausure, Mawsons, Riverboats Music Festival, Bob the Blindman, Echuca House and Murray River Council.  Thanks also to all the local businesses who have been donating raffle and auction items and booking tickets to attend this sell out event.


December 2017 Newsletter

Suzanna Barry - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our December newsletter is hot off the press.  I hope you enjoy reading our latest news! 

As you will see on the front of our newsletter Martyn Lawrence was the guest speaker at our recent Annual General Meeting. Martyn's engaging presentation was very informative and was very much enjoyed by all in attendance. Martyn enjoys opportunities to practice his public speaking skills - so please keep him in mind.

Our "cruisers' have now returned from a wonderful holiday in the sun!  Watch our facebook page for some photos in the near future!

We have limited tickets (7 in fact) left for our upcoming cruise on the Pride of the Murray.  Guests will be entertained by local talented musician Benny Walker.  Get in quick to enjoy an afternoon of great company and music on Saturday December 9, 2017.  Tickets can be purchased here.

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Our six month milestone - Murray River Tea Rooms

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

It’s been six months since the Murray River Tea Rooms social enterprise opened its doors, so a perfect time for reflection.

To date the initiative has been a wonderful success with every indication this will continue. Like any start-up there's been many hours required and I've witnessed significant discretionary effort, high engagement and widespread enthusiasm from staff and volunteers.

So what have been some of the outcomes?

Last week I was meeting with a Board member at the Tea Rooms and one of the client volunteers came and sat next to us. Although she doesn’t speak a lot, she made her request to join the conversation known. She was very comfortable to be present with us while she had her cuppa. You would describe this young lady as quiet and reserved and to witness this increase in confidence was fantastic. Her achievements are highlighted in Community Living & Respite Services recent Annual Report and when I congratulated her on that, I got the thumbs up!

Last month another one of the client volunteers launched, at the Tea Rooms, a novel she has written the assistance of Siri. This was a private function hosted by her family and it was such a joyful occasion. Bella Claire, (a pen name), is keen to encourage others, that despite the challenges of complex medical needs and disability, it's important to reach for the stars. Bella's book sales are going well and I’m guessing she is already planning a sequel.

Bella is thoroughly enjoying her involvement with the Tea Rooms and has also developed greater self confidence. I was thrilled to see her teaching one of our older community volunteers how to operate the EFTPOS machine.

The support of sponsors has been heart warming and has ranged from local home based businesses to large corporate organisations donating supplies. Receiving this start up support is very important. Our staff employment costs (training and supporting our clients), are a large expense so any savings through the donation of products and supplies makes a real difference. However it is the community ownership that results from this support that is making the Murray River Tea Rooms a talking point. The Tea Rooms have become a community initiative - with so many people seeing the social impact and wanting it to succeed. We are very grateful that all sectors of the community are assisting where they can.

My favourite story is the recent contact from a new restaurant in Moama - Sen on Madison. Business owners, Trieu, Julie and their team, offered to donate Vietnamese cuisine on a regular basis. This is fantastic as we currently have a limited lunch time menu. Chicken rice paper rolls provide a nice alternative to a ham and cheese toastie, particularly with summer approaching.

Julie explained that the Sen on Madison team were keen to help as they are beneficiaries of the Vietnamese Social enterprise, KOTO. Coming from a background of disadvantage Julie and Trieu explained it is now their turn to give back.

The first six months have flown by. The team at the Tea Rooms are about to experience the Echuca Moama tourist season, which will be another learning curve. I look forward to providing another update soon.

Suzanna Barry

CEO

Pictured L:R Mikayla Armstron, Trieu Le (Sen on Madison) & CLRS Board member Andrew Cowin

 

November 2017 Celebrations

Suzanna Barry - Saturday, October 28, 2017

We had a fantastic October, with the completion of the Opening Doors Project, winning the GMCU Allianz Campaspe Business Awards and our AGM. November is set to be just as busy with a few key events:

National Recycling Week: Nov 13 – 19

We are celebrating with week- long specials at the Murray River Tea Rooms and our Number 4 Op Shop. To launch the week on Monday November 13, we have a 50% off sale at both shops, on all Op Shop items. Daily specials will be announced on social media each evening. CLRS collects around 1 tonne of product locally each week through the Recyclability Kerbside Collection. This is diverting items from landfill and promoting re-use and recycling. Now that’s an achievement to celebrate!

Community & Philanthropy Partnerships Week (#CPPWeek): Nov 20 – 26

We’re celebrating the wonderful partnerships that sustain the Murray River Tea Rooms, by rewarding all our Tea Rooms customers with a Complimentary Cup Cake week. Call in any or every day this week and receive a free Cup Cake with your purchase. We are also launching a video that highlights what can be achieved when community works together. A big thank you to everyone who donates to the Recyclability Kerbside Collection, to our volunteers, customers, staff and corporate sponsors. Your support is providing life changing opportunities for people with disability in our community. Please call in and enjoy a complimentary cup cake!

Johnno’s Run End of Year BBQ – Monday Nov 27, 5.30 pm – 7 pm at the entrance to Scenic Drive Echuca.

Come along for a walk, run or for a BBQ dinner to celebrate all that has been achieved this year. Celebrate the friendships, the fitness, the accomplishments and the personal satisfaction of helping to build the Opening Doors Project. Gold coin donation – please RSVP to events@clrs.org.au for catering purposes. Thank-you to the Echuca Lions who will be cooking the BBQ.

If you didn’t participate in Johnno’s Run this year, but are interested in finding out more, please come along. Everyone is welcome.

 


I look forward to catching up with you during November!

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO

 

 
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