Children’s gift takes Lifeskills closer to goal

Jorja, Monique and Alesha Bennetts donated a jar full of pocket money to Lifeskills Plus on Monday to help with their Chain of Coins event on March 21.

Jorja, Monique and Alesha Bennetts donated a jar full of pocket money to Lifeskills Plus on Monday to help with their Chain of Coins event on March 21.

Although Alesha, Jorja, and Monique Bennetts aren’t  going to be in town for the Lifeskills Plus extravaganza on March 21, they were determined they were going to donate to a worthy cause. 

After hearing about the Chain of Coins event through their father Kieren, who works at Wilpinjong Coal, the sisters decided they wanted to help and began raising money to help Lifeskills reach its goal of collecting 2050 metres of coins, 

Two thousand and fifty metres is the distance between the old centre on Perry Street and the new centre on Oporto Road. 

Money raised before and during the Lifeskills Plus event will be laid out on a big map of Mudgee to show the community how far Lifeskills Plus has come because of supporters’ generosity and willingness to help. 

Mr Bennetts said after he explained why Wilpinjong Mine was collecting coins for Lifeskills Plus, the girls decide they wanted to contribute and pooled their pocket money to help Lifeskills Plus.

“We were at home talking through how Wilpinjong was helping out by having each employee collect coins and the girls’ overheard and decided they wanted to help out as well,”  Mr Bennetts  said. 

Lifeskills Plus will hold a car boot bonanza at the Mudgee Showground  on Saturday, March 21, to help raise  funds to move into the Oporto Road centre, which will house all the services currently provided by the Perry Street Centre. 

Lifeskills supports more than 60 people with disabilities from Mudgee, Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos and as far away as Running Stream, at both its Perry Street and Southside Centres. 

The Perry Street facility provides care for around 20 people with disabilities, and numbers continue to grow each month. 

A spokesperson from Lifeskills Plus said the day was coming together rather quickly. 

Stallholders are signing up to sell wares at the event and the coin tins around town are slowly filling. 

A range of stallholders will be selling a variety of wares, pets and livestock, and there will be face painting, food and drinks, and a huge raffle with a number of prizes. 

“It’s a great opportunity for everyone in the community to be involved in whatever capacity they’re able to support us,” the spokesperson said.

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