Exciting addition

August 08, 2017

Tatura Lions Club’s Doug Tuhan, John Wallis Foundation executive officer Liz McAloon, Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button and Stancea Vichie from the John Wallis Foundation.

The Tatura Community House is set to boast a funky community coffee lounge after it received a donation to purchase a coffee machine recently.

Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button said it was early days, but they were in the process of purchasing the machine.

‘‘The coffee machine will be used by the community,’’ Ms Button said.

‘‘It can help with vocational training and improving employability skills for locals.’’

Ms Button said receiving the grant funding — from the John Wallis Foundation — to purchase the machine had been thanks to the hard work of local Lions Club member Sharon Hopkins.

‘‘She applied for the grant on our behalf,’’ she said.

John Wallis Foundation executive officer Liz McAloon visited the facility last week and said they were delighted to fund the project.

‘‘The foundation is named in honour of Father John Wallis, founder of the Missionary Sisters of Service,’’ Ms McAloon said.

‘‘(It) supports people and communities experiencing hardship and disadvantage.

‘‘We are inspired by a world which demonstrates compassion, justice and love in equal measure to all.’’

Ms McAloon said the coffee machine was a practical initiative to improving skills within the community and could lead to job opportunities for some.

‘‘The mission of the foundation is to go into the highways and byways, seeking initiatives that develop the spiritual and human potential of people and communities on the margins,’’ she said.

Ms Button said it was an exciting time for the Community House.

‘‘We’re currently getting our concept drawings done up for the refurbishment of our kitchenette to put in the coffee lounge,’’ she said.

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