WHEN April Mickan set out on her Ambassador Quest adventure this year there was only one thing she wanted to do – help people.
Mrs Mickan well and truly achieved that goal recently when she was able to hand over a cheque for almost $10,000 to Kurrajong.
The money was raised throughout the quest thanks to the generosity of the Leeton shire community and the donation couldn’t have come at a better time for the disability service provider.
Why the money will help
At the recent cheque presentation, Kurrajong’s manager of local services Deanne Bolesta said the funds will provide significant support to the charity in securing a premises which will allow consolidation of its services and provide for anticipated growth in the region.
“We are just thrilled April chose to raise funds for Kurrajong,” she said.
“With no government funding available for capital works and equipment, support from organisations ... is vitally important and will continue to be in the future.”
Kurrajong strives to help people with a disability lead a life of choice by offering services such as support to ease everyday activities, equipment or modifications to homes or by providing training to help their clients gain new skills or employment across the Riverina and Murray regions.
With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it has faced growing demand for its services in Leeton and the surrounding district.
Mrs Mickan was supported by her SunRice committee throughout the quest in order to achieve her goal.
She was also named the Highest Fundraising Ambassador for 2018.
“Growing up in Leeton, I’ve seen Kurrajong help so many people in my community,” she said.
“They improve the lives of those with a disability as well as provide support to carers.
“It was a real honour to hand over the cheque and I’m so pleased it’s going to such a worthy cause.”
In total, Mrs Mickan and her committee raised an enormous $19,801 in the lead up to the SunRice Festival, with a key fundraising effort coming from her Mexican Fiesta Bingo night.
The remaining portion of the money is given back to the committee, as well as other community groups who can apply for a portion of each ambassador’s funds raised throughout the quest period.