Posted by Sam McCurdy
 
The purpose of the Rotary Berwick and District Benevolent Society is to assist disadvantaged members of the community, by supporting local welfare organisations and individuals, including people suffering domestic violence, social disadvantage and homelessness.
 
To achieve this goal the 'Society' raises funds and collects non-perishable food items, toys, books and sometimes clothes donated by the public.  
 
Each year before Christmas, we organise the collection of non-perishable food items and toys donated by members of the public at local schools and Supermarkets. 
 
The donated items are then packed into Christmas hampers by Casey North Community Information Support Service (CNCISS) for distribution to those in need in time for Christmas.
 
This week Laury Gordyn, Mark Caulfield and Sam McCurdy delivered Collection Cages to local Secondary schools and the Berwick Market Square Supermarket, so the collection has begun!  You can help by adding food items and/or toys into one of the Collection Cages, in time for Christmas.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has been disastrous for businesses resulting in many job losses, particularly in Melbourne’s South East. Therefore, we anticipate that this year’s distribution of collected items will be welcomed by a greater number of local people in need, particularly children. 
 
CNCISS welcomes assistance from Rotarians in the packing of the Christmas hampers, so if you are available in December and would like to assist, please contact Susan Magee at smagee@caseynorthciss.com.au.