Council supports charities during Local Government Week

Media release - 31 July 2018

The Local Government Week theme ‘The Power of Community’ has had special meaning in Kempsey this week with Council staff contributing to three important charity events.

Baylin’s Gift is the first local charity to benefit from Council’s new staff fundraiser, Casual for a Cause. Staff have worn casual clothes to work every Friday for several weeks, making a gold coin donation.

Founder of Baylin’s Gift, Hayley Hoskins, who accepted the $1,000 donation in Council’s courtyard today, said the money from Council will be used to fund the Teen Mental Health First Aid Certificate Course at St Paul’s College and Melville High School.

“The course is aimed specifically at ages 16-18 and teaches students to look out for developing mental health issues in their friends, recognise the signs of a mental health crisis, particularly suicide and get a responsible and trusted adult to take over,” she said.

Money raised from the next two Casual for a Cause Fridays will support Jeans for Genes Day, held on Friday 3 August, as well as money raised from merchandise sold at Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Council is also supporting Tim Smith from the West Kempsey Hotel and Josh Ball from the L-Bo Butchery who have started campaigns to help drought affected farmers. Council identified land at Boyters Lane with suitable growth for baling up hay and has donated it to the campaign’s hay run to farmers out west.

“We see activities like Casual for a Cause as a great way to do something positive for the community. I think it’s fantastic what a large organisation like Council can achieve when everyone comes together,” Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn said.

“I commend staff who have supported these initiatives and I look forward to continuing to see council support more local charities into the future.”

Council's General Manager, Craig Milburn, and staff handing over a $1,000 donation to Hayley Hoskins, founder of the Baylin's Gift charity.Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn, and staff handing over a $1,000 donation to Hayley Hoskins, founder of the Baylin’s Gift charity
Tractor and bales of hayCouncil identified land at Boyters Lane with suitable growth for baling up hay. The hay was bailed on Sunday 29 July and was donated to drought affected farmers out west.