Gift run a real treat

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 14-Dec-2017

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Katrina Ray and Karyn Clarke with resident Josephine. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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Every year, State Trustees’ Bendigo regional office hosts a charity Christmas run. 


It is an annual initiative established by one of the employees, Karyn Clarke, she has been organising every campaign since the office opened in 2012. 


This year the generous people of State Trustees chose to donate gifts to a local aged care facility, Estia Health Bendigo (formerly known as Lilley Lodge). 


The lodge currently accommodates 56 residents.


Most of these do not have family to spend time with at Christmas – this is where Ms Clarke and the rest of the Bendigo office stepped in. 


They donated wrapped gifts for each resident and they were hand delivered by Ms Clarke and State Trustees’ client services manager Katrina Ray.  


The residents were most grateful for the gifts, and the companionship. 


“It was an absolute delight to see the smiles and reactions from the residents when the gifts were handed out,” Ms Clarke said.


“To be able to share the spirit of giving and a listening ear, was heartfelt by both Katrina and myself.” 


“The holidays are a time of sharing, peace and kindness around the world and this gesture by State Trustees employees meant the world to some of our local senior citizens.”


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