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Published June 27th 2012
Want to make a difference in the community and offer support to the homeless and people with mental health disabilities? Then head down to The Avalon Centre, a Melbourne based charity, to help those who need it.
A typical Monday morning at the Avalon Centre starts with a busload of people piling into the centre, for the weekly drop-in. After their journey in the Centre's own transportation, the 'moving heart of gold', members can expect a room full of volunteers, ready with coffee and cake, hosting workshops and providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for those who need it.
Avalon members can be anyone from homeless people living life on the streets, to those suffering from mental health disabilities, to those who have just slipped through the cracks of society, and looking to find comfort in the warm and loving environment that the centre provides. But wait, the generosity doesn't stop there, Avalon also takes members out on trips every Tuesday, getaways on Saturdays, and delivers food and clothing to the homeless, twice a week.
There's one person that ensures everything runs smoothly at Avalon, and that's Deborah Holmes, the centre manager and founder who set up the non for profit charity 25 years ago, to help when it can, where it can, and in whatever way it can. Over the years Deborah has provided help to countless amounts of people in the community and allowed them to help turn their life around.
This non for profit centre relies solely on donations and the help of volunteers, nobody gets paid, not even Deborah. So if you've got some spare time on your hands and want to give back to those who need it, why not lend a land at Avalon? Avalon is always looking for friendly and helpful volunteers who can assist with weekly drop- ins, attending fundraisers, supervising day trips, driving the Avalon bus, helping promote the charity, or planning events.
The Avalon Centre has come a long way since 1987 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at Functions on Chapel on Saturday 1st September to honour the charity, reward all the hardworking volunteers, and help fundraise to ensure Avalon can keep reaching out to those who need it. Even Richmond footy player Tommy Hafey is coming along to show his appreciation for the Centre's dedication to the Tigers. To attend this prestigious event or show your support, please call 0395692240, or visit the newly revamped website. Avalon needs you.