THE Milton Ulladulla region’s three key service clubs have come together in an effort to improve respite care services in the region.
In what is believed to be a first within Australia, and even possibly the world, Lions, Rotary and Apex have united in the Lions-Ulladulla District Community Foundation, which is raising money to provide better respite care facilities.
All three clubs are represented in the nine-person committee which also includes other community members, according to committee representative Elaine Smith.
The golden metres campaign, calling on businesses, organisations and neighbourhoods to put together a metre of $2 coins, is continuing to bring in money as the golden trail extends from Ulladulla towards Milton.
At a value of $100 a metre, the foundation needs just 1.5 kilometres of gold to cover the cost of buying a block of land on which to build a community respite care centre, aiding people with disabilities and their carers.
Appeal organisers are hoping more schools, businesses, neighbourhoods, sporting and social groups will add their $2 coins to the fundraising efforts.
Donations will be accepted and receipted at the Bendigo Bank in Milton, the Lions second hand book shop in the Bellbrook Arcade, and Lions food vans.
The second hand bookshop the Ulladulla Milton Lions established in Ulladulla earlier in the year is also brining in plenty of money for the appeal.
However Elaine said much more was planned to help raise the money needed to acquire a house and land suitable for use as respite care.
And rather than it being just another campaign trying to get people to part with their money, Elaine said the campaign would focus on raising fun as well as funds.
A rubber duck derby, simultaneous morning teas held in all local bank branches and sausage sizzles were all planned as part of a rolling campaign of community activities.
“The main thing we’re trying to do is have some fun, rather than just holding our hands out for money,” Elaine said.
However for anyone wanting to donate money brightly coloured blue and yellow money boxes, built by the men’s shed and shaped as houses, are cropping up in many local businesses.