Para Meadows receives generous music gift

Illawarra Credit Union's 40th birthday celebrations ended this week with gifts from staff and members going to children at Para Meadows School for students with intellectual disabilities and the House With No Steps facility in Balgownie.

ICU chief executive Bob Kotic said involving the entire workforce and membership in year-long celebrations centred around giving to others had created a wonderful atmosphere.

During the 40th anniversary year, three charity drives have been staged, culminating with a community barbecue yesterday.

In early August, ICU handed over a van-load of food, clothing and bedding to St Vincent de Paul to distribute to the homeless and in September much-needed equipment was collected for Illawarra RSPCA.

Mr Kotic said ICU staff had chosen the four charities and the exercise had added to the family-friendly atmosphere the financial institution already enjoyed.

"It has been a great exercise and we are going to continue," he said.

"We are about to launch our strategic plan for the next three years and the central theme in our values is around community."

House With No Steps southern general manager David Guy said the financial assistance ICU gave the organisation would help ensure the survival of a Balgownie facility that provided a day program service for people with disabilities.

"Balgownie Community Services supports between 20 and 30 people a day," he said.

Mr Guy said a race day at Kembla Grange on Sunday, December 2, would help raise more money.

Para Meadows School deputy principal Ngaire McKinnon said they welcomed the musical gifts and other much needed items from ICU staff and members.

Ms McKinnon said it was not the first time the credit union had assisted the school. It helped to set up a school band some years ago with the donation of musical instruments.

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