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Illoura Village thankful for community support to fund bus for residents

24 December 2020

Illoura Village’s residents and staff would like to convey their deep gratitude to the community for their support of the Village’s latest fundraising effort. Over the past weekend, a gold coin rum ball drive donated more than $700 in two sold-out events on Friday night and Sunday night.

Residential Manager Lance Payne said the community support has blown everyone at Illoura Village away. “The Friday event was sold out in an hour and a half and we had to add a second event on Sunday” said Lance. “Members of the community continued to donate money Sunday even once the rum balls had sold out which showcases the amazing generosity our community has.”

The Chinchilla police also arrived to donate to the cause showing our residents much love and support and it’s estimated more than 10 kilograms of chocolate treats were donated to the Village over the weekend.

Illoura Village also came second in the Christmas lights competition, and the funds received will also be put towards buying a bus. “A bus will be important for our residents to be able to go on excursions and participate in the activities they love,” said Lance. “Being able to get out and about will improve the resident’s wellbeing and happiness and the community support needed to help raise funds for this bus has already been so amazing. Illoura Village was built on the hard working backs of the local community so to see the community involved once again in the home is a true blessing for our residents and staff.”

Lance said he is deeply thankful for the community support for Illoura Village in 2020. Throughout a challenging year of visitation restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has risen to show their support, love and care for Illoura Village which has been crucial to the resilience and wellbeing of residents and staff alike.

Everyone at Illoura Village would like to wish the Chinchilla community a happy and holy Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with joy and peace.

“We’re looking forward to building even stronger ties with the community in 2021,” said Lance.