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Mitchell Shire community digs deep to help fight homelessness

13 April 2017

Mitchell Shire Council has handed over almost $2000 raised by the community to help Rural Housing Network Seymour fight homelessness.

The money was raised at the Volume Colour Dash event at Seymour Racing Club last month.

Hosted by Mitchell Shire Council’s FReeZA committee, 250 people attended the event which saw participants run laps of the racecourse while being splashed with coloured chalk.

Money from merchandise sales was collected for Rural Housing Network Seymour to help them assist local people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson thanked the community for getting behind such a worthy local organisation.

“This is the second year Council has hosted the Volume Colour Dash. Besides being a bit of fun, there is a really important aspect to the events and that’s addressing homelessness,” Cr Sanderson.

“Rural Housing Network does some fantastic work to help people in our community who might find themselves sleeping rough.

“Council is proud to partner with such an important organisation and play a part in assisting them to help others get their lives back on track. We thank everyone who attended the event and helped raise these vital funds.”

Rural Housing Network CEO Celia Adams said the funds would be used to provide crisis accommodation and transport assistance to people in Mitchell Shire who were homeless.

“To accept a cheque for more than $1900 is a fabulous outcome and events like this are also about raising awareness that homelessness support services exist in our local communities,” Ms Adams said.

Rural Housing Network provides a range of support for people sleeping rough or at risk of homelessness, and each year helps over 4000 people in need of assistance to secure or maintain their housing.

For more information of Rural Housing Network and the services they offer, click HERE.