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In June 2018, Wanneroo Business Association (WBA) brought local businesses together for an Auction Fundraising Sundowner event to raise funds for Community Vision.  WBA Business Liaison Officer, Lauren Bell, recently visited Community Vision's Disability Centre in Kingsley to see how the donation was being spent.

The Disability Centre in Kingsley has been undergoing renovations to provide therapeutic benefits for people with a disability to enjoy.  With the money raised at the WBA event, and supported by the staff at Bunnings, the community gardens now have more relevance to the centre attendees who are able to plant and grow their own herbs and vegetables.

“Much of the outdoor area was dilapidated and needed upgrade, CEO Michelle Jenkins said and with funding, donations and support of the community, we have been able to give the old garden a much needed new lease on life.  We wanted to be able to give our clients an opportunity to experience gardening and develop a love of growing their own food. Taking a wellness and reablement approach, not only are the centre attendees able to grow food for the table, they are able to turn this into meals which they can cook in classes held at our Woodvale Centre."

Each week, a number of clients learn about the benefits of food and food preparation which is preparing them for independent living in the community. For many these are the first steps to having their own independence and the Department of Communities has been able to work with Community Vision to provide funding to support those alternatives for them.

During Dementia month, Community Vision has launched a new fundraising campaign to put a dementia bus into the community to help educate people about dementia and some of the ways in which dementia can be managed. One of these ways said Michelle Jenkins CEO. “is through nutrition as there are a number of foods which are known and thought to have therapeutic benefits for those suffering from dementia” and A Roast to Remember links nicely to their campaign to encourage families to come together and share a roast. “We will be hosting a roast at our disability centre using the fresh foods we grow in the garden. We are encouraging everyone in the community to support the initiative by hosting a roast in their community, homes, workplaces or even in the street. If you grow veggies in your garden, then share with your family and friends”. 

Michelle added, “We want to put the community back into community and we are going back to the grass roots of community to do this. Sitting down for a family dinner and enjoying reconnecting with our friends is a great way to do this and raise funds for the dementia bus”. To donate go to www.Aroasttoremember.com.au and make a donation directly or purchase meat from Mondo Butchers in Mount Lawley, have a meal at Ozeating restaurants or use the WA foodies card. You can also donate at designated CBA Branches.

 


Published: 14-Sep-2018 | Go Back

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