“The support of the 4C’s volunteer team and their ongoing dedication and commitment to the charity is incredibly uplifting.” - Cheryl Daly
The 4C’s crisis centre located in Pakenham is a non for profit charity organisation generously created by local churches in the area in 1997.
It helps unify the community and provides a safe place for people to go to in the Casey Cardinia Shire when they are experiencing a crisis. The Charity provides Emergency Finance, Food relief, Emergency Accommodation, Clothing, Bedding, Financial advice, Debt Liaison, and Counselling to those in need.
General Manager Cheryl Daly who has lived in the area for over 14 years along with her friendly team of volunteers helps provide immediate assistance. They see over 200 families per day and around 40,000 separate individuals a year. Their foodbank alone feeds over 35 families a day.
Cheryl has been a part of the Christian faith for most of her life and says she was heavily motivated to join 4C’s because of the sheer size of the heart in the people wanting to help one another in their community. ‘’The support of the 4C’s volunteer team and their ongoing dedication and commitment to the charity is incredibly uplifting” says Cheryl.
“We have helped so many people get the help they needed in order to get back onto their feet, we once helped out a man called Raymond who had a young son which he wasn’t allowed to see as he had dependency issues.
We are proud to say that we were able to get him the help he needed and that he now has a stable job and joint custody of his son. He also gives back to the charity by educating students from local schools about poverty and hardship.”
The 4C’s charity currently picks up and receives food donations from over 11 businesses throughout the Casey Cardinia Shire like Coles, Second Bite, Foodbank and local farmers but state that they are always welcoming of any donations to ensure the charity’s service continues and are at the moment seeking younger volunteers to help out with the heavier jobs.
“The charity currently has a grant that will only see us through until the end of December so therefore we are welcoming monetary donations.” said Cheryl.
“The local community has been very supportive with one school 3 years ago starting a “Can drive” for the 4C’s charity. In their first year the school managed to contribute over 6,000 food cans and more recently 8,000 food cans for our community in need…as you can imagine this fed a lot of hungry people”.
If you feel that you can be of assistance in anyway and would like to DONATE or GET INVOLVED with this wonderful charity please call the centre on 03 5941-2268 visit the website at www.the4cs.org.au or pop into the centre at 5/114 PRINCES HWY, PAKENHAM to have a chat.
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