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The Riverina Ford Owners Club presenting over $8000 dollars in donations.

 

The Riverina Ford Owners Club has presented four charities with a huge donation after hosting a very successful auction last month.

Everything from car parts, Mother’s Day baskets and barbecues were up for the taking, as well as items donated by the Junee Correctional Centre.

The club raised more than $8000 from the evening, which saw people come from Griffith, Sydney and Albury to join in on the action.

Four local charities were chosen by the club to share the donations, with Lilier Lodge being one of them.

 

May 16 2024 Daily Advertiser

Emma Phillips, Executive Director, addresses the guests at the Lilier Lodge Afternoon Tea, to launch the 20th Birthday Celebrations.
It is my pleasure to be  able to say a few words today. I’d like to thank the Mayor for holding this afternoon tea and by doing so recognizing both the contribution Lilier has made to the city of Wagga Wagga  but more importantly honouring the wagga community of volunteers connected with Lilier Lodge, particularly those of you invited here today. You all embody the true spirit of community and service.
The opening of Lilier Lodge twenty years ago was the culmination of more than 5 years of hard work involving a large number of people. The foresight and compassion shown then is to be commended as the purpose built facility has been without question a game changer for both the cancer patient and carer needing to travel and stay away from home when receiving   treatment. Twenty years later we  remain blessed to have so much community support and together we provide a safe haven, home away for home for many when at their most vulnerable both physically and emotionally.
Lilier Lodge owes its success and warmth to the dedicated Staff both past but very much the present. Margaret, Alison, Greg and more recently Cathy and Moya, pour their hearts into caring for the guests whilst ensuring smooth operations.
However In addition to the staff we are indebted to our team of volunteers whose selfless contributions enrich the lives of everyone who stays. Whether its driving them to treatment, organizing recreational activities, the Wednesday night dinners, overseeing the vegie patch, high pressure hosing the exterior – the list of jobs is endless – you all, our Lilier volunteers infuse the lodge with joy, companionship and a sense of community. You give your time and energy without expecting anything in return (ok maybe the occasional sweet treat from the kitchen)  and this truly embodies the spirit of generosity and kindness that lies at the heart of Lilier Lodges mission.  Your collective efforts creates a haven where our guests thrive, find solace, forge meaningful connections and make Lilier Lodge not just an accommodation facility but a true home filled with love and compassion.
To the Mayor, thank you for recognizing this with todays event.  I am truly appreciative of you making the time to honour these special community members of Wagga.  I am not a local, have only been connected with Lilier since late 2016 but personally in that short time I have been privileged to get to know many of our volunteers with my regular visits and develop some very meaningful friendships with such extraordinary individuals. As a past cancer patient myself I commend each of you for what you bring . On behalf of the JV owners Its an  honour to extend thanks and deepest gratitude, you truly make a difference to Lilier Lodge and in the lives of so many.  Happy Birthday wishes and celebrations everyone. May we and those who follow us sustain this amazing asset for years to come, ensuring access to affordable and quality accommodation is no impediment to a rural cancer patients’ treatment.

Inaugural ‘Cause 4 Cancer’ event was held in May raising money for Lilier Lodge in Wagga and Can Assist Leeton. It has been hailed a roaring success after raising $5,900 for Leeton’s Can Assist branch and Wagga’s Lilier Lodge. In the month of May alone, Lilier Lodge has been at 86% occupancy with 14 adults from Leeton staying at the facility. There have been a further 131 reservations, evidently the service that Lilier Lodge provides is not going unnoticed to those in need in the community. President of Can Assist Leeton, Mary Dodd, said that all of the money raised by the community would go back to the community. “Our Can Assist services are not means tested so our services are truly accessible to anyone who needs them”.

It has been a big year for Lilier Lodge.  Despite COVID-19 being a challenge for us all, Lilier Lodge has remained open and provided a much needed safe haven for people having to travel to Wagga Wagga for treatment.

Some amazing improvements were undertaken at Lilier Lodge this year due to grants received from Dry July and the 2019 Community Building Partnership Fund.  The Lilier Lodge Communal Kitchen was transformed into a wonderfully fresh and awesome looking Kitchen, and we now have a fantastic Deck and Kitchen Garden off our Communal Dining Area.

We had four lovely children visit Lilier Lodge on Saturday 12th December.  Eleanor aged 6, Ivy aged 6, Oliver aged 9, and Layla aged 11 brought in some special gifts to assist the guests at Lilier Lodge in particular plants, gardening tools, and garden ornaments for the kitchen garden.  Each year rather than an Advent Calendar, these children do a Kindness Countdown instead.  So it teaches them that Christmas is just as much about giving as it is about receiving.   This Christmas we were privileged for them all to choose Lilier Lodge as their Act of Kindness.

As we near the end of 2020, at Lilier Lodge, our guests, volunteers and staff wish to thank each and every one of you for your support and assistance and to also wish you the very best for Christmas and the New Year.

Whatever you are doing over the Christmas period we do hope it is a special time for you and your families.

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