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Care group calls time

MEMBERS of Wedderburn Care Group will meet for the final time next month.

The group will formally disband after 12 years,

It has been in recess for four months after facing rising insurance premiums, the impact of COVID on fundraising and membership and restrictions that have not allowed organisations to receive care packs.

The group started after the local Lions Ladies held a meeting in June 2009 to ascertain support for a support group similar to the Valkyrie Care Group in Bendigo. .

The group produced ‘Bags of Care’. Each tote bag contained an X-ray bag, heat pack, small cushion, draw string bag, lavender bag and a scarf.

The free bags were given to community members facing serious health challenges.

To ensure confidentiality, most bags were distributed by health practitioners. The group completed 110 ‘Bags of Care’ in its first year.

Irene Finch, who was the group’s first co-ordinator, said volunteers made knitted and crocheted knee rugs and beanies for distribution to needy people in the community and to aged care residents at Inglewood, Boort, Charlton and St Arnaud.

Approximately 80 knee rugs were distributed in the first year. The group obtained grants and donations from the community to further their work.

Group volunteers also made saleable items, to raise funds to meet on-going expenses. Recipients of ‘Bags of Care’ and rugs were always surprised that the items were given free.

“This is what set the care group apart from many other support groups,” Irene said.

The group has some printing and sewing equipment still to sell as members wind up operations, contact Faye Hodges on 0428 394 615 for more information.

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