The St George Illawarra Dragons are amongst many to extend their helping hand and raise awareness for the emergency relief at Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

At the end of June, volunteers will be door knocking and asking locals to show their generosity by donating tins of food (or money) for the emergency relief for the venue.

Non-perishable food can also be dropped at IGA Thirroul, Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre and Austinmer Anglican Church.  

“It is quite something to have people from different walks of life getting involved” said Michael Lavilles of Thirroul and co-organiser of the Food Campaign @ 2515.

There is an average of 27 Northern Illawarra families seeking help a week through the emergency relief programme at the Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

“The Dragons acknowledge the good work done by volunteers in supporting those in our community who need help,” said Dragons five-eighth Gareth Widdop.

“As a Thirroul resident myself, I encourage all northern suburbs families to get behind the food campaign.”  

Businesses are getting involved with cafes, bank and supermarket, chemist, newsagency, medical practice and even staff at the railway station collecting tins from their staff.

“We appreciate the chance for us to be able throw our support behind such a great cause,” said  David Hoade Owner and Manager IGA Thirroul .

“Our local area has many great local community groups and charitable causes that do great things for our community.”

Illawarra local politicians the Hon. Sharon Bird MP and Mayor Gordon Bradbery are additionally supporting the campaign.

“The Food Campaign @ 2515 is a great and practical way in helping families in need,” said Mayor Gordon Bradbery.

“I support the initiative by Thirroul Anglican and Austinmer Anglican churches in organising this campaign in support of the Emergency Relief Programme at Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre.

“Most people have extra tins and or packaged foods in their cupboards so I encourage people to donate one or two.”   

The Hon. Sharon Bird MP is in agreement with the words of Mayor Gordon Bradbery.

“Many of us will often have an abundance of food tins in our pantries that may eventually go to waste,” said Hon. Sharon Bird MP.

“A small donation of one or two tins of food can ensure that someone in our community has something to eat when they otherwise might have to go without.”

Other people supporting the campaign are: Thirroul Surf Life Saving, Thirroul Fire Brigade, C3 church, and Lighthouse church.

The Food campaign at 2515 is organised and co-ordinated by St David’s Anglican Church Thirroul and All Saints Anglican Church Austinmer telephone number 02 4268 3444.