Community Awareness – What’s on

Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service – “Bridging the Gap” appeal.
I am looking forward to Christmas and the New Year – family time, the joy of giving and receiving, holidays, children’s laughter and sunshine. I feel blessed that that is my experience. I wish everyone was as fortunate as I and my family. There are many people in our community that at this time, rather than feel joy, will experience loneliness, financial hardship and personal difficulties.

With this in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service which is currently running the “Bridging the Gap” appeal. Donations of non-perishable food items, money and gift vouchers can be made at Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Service, 1632 Burwood Highway, Belgrave. Items will need to be delivered by midday Saturday 7th December. A festive food hamper would make a huge difference for families and individuals in need.  If you are able, I encourage you to support the appeal.

Dandenong Ranges Emergency Relief Network

Monbulk Late Night Shopping Event
Friday 29th November 2013
5.00pm – 9.00pm
Main Street, Monbulk
Live music, entertainment, children’s activities, street stalls, late night shopping and lots of fun. Come along, shop and enjoy. Organised for the fifth year running by Monbulk Business Network.

TeleCHAT – Red Cross Program
For people aged 65 and over (55 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders)living alone at home in Greater Melbourne.
TeleCHAT aims to help ease feelings of loniness and isolation for people who may not be able to get to social activities or have anyone to talk to. TeleCHAT provides trained volunteers to call participants each week for a friendly conversation of up to 20 minutes.
For more inforamtion about accessing TeleCHAT please call Red Cross on 03 8346 8342

Christmas Food and Gift Appeal
Connections are in desperate need of non-perishable food items; such as rice, pasta, tea, coffee and festive treats. They also require gifts suitable for newborns, infants and teenagers of both genders to meet ever increasing demand throughout the months of November and December.For more information go to

GrassRoots Community Market
Village Green Upwey – Melway 75 A9
Saturday 17 November – 9am to 2pm

Burrinja – What’s on