Foster care gets legendary help



GLADSTONE residents and local businesses have once again shown their community spirit by raising more than $40,000 as part of The Observer Legends of Origin fundraiser for Anglicare.

And foster carers like Kris Hodgson couldn't be happier.

"It's just fantastic that local people have been able to do this ? easing the burden on foster families by providing a 12-seater van is just wonderful,'' Mr Hodgson said.

Anglicare's coordinator of the Shared Family Care Program, Tracy Marshall, said the peoplemover was desperately needed by families, especially with school holidays and Christmas fast approaching.

She said there were a high number of large sibling groups in Gladstone and providing transport had proved an obstacle until now.

Gladstone Nissan and Hyundai dealer principal Errol Roots said the dealership was pleased to be a part of the Legends of Origin fundraiser and knew the vehicle would be put to good use by local foster families.

He said the dealership had also donated 12 months worth of services free of charge for labour on the vehicle.

The late model bus also comes with a two-year factory warranty, $5000 in fuel at Central State Fuels and $500 in tyres at Beaurepaires.

The Observer general manager and Legends of Origin organiser Peter White said the level of sup- port from the Gladstone community, in particular the sponsors, local businesses and The Observer staff was simply amazing.

"Also the players were just fantastic and generous in the way they gave up their time,'' he said.

"Gladstone is without doubt the envy of almost any regional community throughout New South Wales and Queensland.



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