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Give a Damn Give a Can

The availability of vital foods to help Latrobe City’s needy during winter has been assured despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

The St Vincent de Paul Society foodbank has received a $10,000 boost from the Rotary Club of Traralgon Central.

Since 1995 Rotarians have organised the Give a Damn Give a Can appeal, calling on schools, the public and local businesses to donate cans of food to fill the shelves at the foodbank. But this year the Covid-19 lockdown threatened the program.

Not wanting to see the scheme falter, the local Rotarians organised a cash injection.

The Latrobe City Trust, a long-time supporter of GADGAC, is contributing $4500 which has been matched by the Rotary Foundation. Traralgon Central Rotary has kicked in $1000 to make the $10,000 total.

In 25 years GADGAC has collected an estimated 200,000 cans to boost the vital service provided by St Vinnies.

Rotary club president Maree McPherson said it would have been disappointing if GADGAC had fallen victim to the Covid-19 restrictions after collecting what amounted to “an MCG full of cans”.

“We put our heads together and came up with an alternate plan,” she said. “Instead of collecting cans we decided to see if we could raise the money to be used by St Vinnies.”

“I would like to thank all those who have helped out, not forgetting the many schools, members of the public and industry who have been such magnificent supporters of the scheme in the past and I hope will be again next year.”

Students from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Traralgon campus collecting cans in 2019.

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