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A $12,000 makeover just in time for Christmas!

Monday 12 December, 2016.

Ballina’s Melaleuca House has received a $12,363 makeover just in time for Christmas, updating its facilities to help cater for a growing demand for disability services in the Northern Rivers. 

Biala Support Services has seen demand grow for educational and support services for people with disabilities and their carers, including day and weekend stay programs Melaleuca House, prompting the need for refurnishing.

Melaleuca House is an important community facility for us because it allows individuals living with a disability to stay in a safe, supervised environment while their carers recuperate with the peace of mind that their loved one is in good hands.

Linda Walsh
Biala Support Services Chief Executive Officer

“Since expanding our range of respite packages and launching our Community Participation day programs, we’re seeing substantially increased demand for respite at Melaleuca House, putting strain on furnishings and amenities. 

“Our clients, volunteers and staff are very grateful for Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s support to update our guest rooms to keep them fresh and comfortable for visitors, and we thank Jane Boardman who has coordinated the upgrade,” Ms Walsh said. 

Charitable Foundation Executive Officer Graham Batten recognised Biala’s ongoing support of the Northern Rivers community. 

“Biala Support Services helps members of our community facing more challenges every day than most people do in a lifetime, which is a big responsibility and it’s a pleasure to be able to support them with a grant for $12,363.  

“Congratulations to the team at Biala for their ongoing commitment to supporting the Northern Rivers community, and I look forward to hearing of the many happy times visits clients will spend at Melaleuca House,” Mr Batten said. 

The Charitable Foundation distributes more than $1.5 million in grants to facilitate not-for-profit projects which address disadvantage in local communities throughout the Hunter, Central West, Central Coast, New England, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW. 

Established in 2003, the Foundation has provided more than $15 million to date facilitating almost 400 initiatives.

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