Donors helping in tough times


FOOD and internet connectivity have emerged as the main areas of need as Mornington Peninsula residents battle their way through COVID-19.

The struggle for some has been made easier by donations from philanthropists and prompt assistance from the Mornington Peninsula Foundation, which has provided mobile phones, internet access and devices to students and people experiencing homelessness.

Donations made through the foundation exceed $150,000.

CEO Stephanie Exton said the foundation and its partners were grateful to trusts and foundations, individuals and families who have “quickly and proactively contributed funds”.

“Special thanks go to the Ross Trust which quickly stepped forward with direct support,” she said.

Money has gone to community support and information centres at Hastings, Rosebud and Mornington, which have remained open as essential emergency relief services.

Ms Exton said the philanthropy had encouraged new ways of thinking about food and ways in which struggling cafes and restaurants could link with community food agencies. It also led to underutilised staff at Somers Residential School Camp cooking 350 meals a week for families in need.

First published in the Frankston Times – 11 May 2020

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