Community members in need will receive an extra helping hand this Christmas with South East Water employees raising more than $9,100 through its annual giving appeal.

South East Water’s Annual Employee Christmas Giving Appeal supported 3 charities providing access to essential food, clothing, clean drinking water and healthcare.

Seaford-based charity, Mums Supporting Families in Need (MSFIN) provide material aid support for families in crisis across Melbourne – from clothes and toys to non-perishable food.

South East Water employees chose to support MSFIN through financial and material donations including toys, clothes and essential food hampers left under South East Water’s Christmas tree and ready to be distributed.

Employees also supported Food for Change, which grows fresh produce on its Mt Martha farm and donates it to food organisations locally and into the existing food relief cycle.

Support extended beyond the South East Water service area to Purple House, an Indigenous-run and owned non-profit health service that runs vital dialysis services to remote Aboriginal communities throughout Central Australia and beyond - enabling Aboriginal people to remain On Country and with family when receiving treatment.

South East Water employees work every day to provide customers and communities with essential healthy water services. The Giving Appeal is an extension of our people’s personal and professional contributions to supporting others around us.
We express our heartfelt thanks to Mums Supporting Families In Need, Food for Change and Purple House for their work providing essential care and support to those who need it.

Our employees recognise the enormous value of community organisations and we're proud to make a contribution to their efforts, especially at Christmas."
South East Water General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder, Karen Lau
Thanks to the employees at South East Water, your generous contributions have helped alleviate some of the burden this time of year can bring to families, offering not just material aid but a message of hope and solidarity” 
Mums Supporting Families In Need Warehouse Manager, Alastair Leaver
Thank you to the entire team at South East Water, we really appreciate the continued support. Your donations will be invested into materials needed to establish new garden beds on our Mt Martha farm. The additional beds will allow our team of volunteers to grow an extra 50,000 meals a year – helping Food for Change to better meet the increased demand for fresh produce for those in our community” 
Food for Change CEO, Matt Donovan

Above: The Purple House which runs dialysis for indigenous people who live in remote areas. Patient Patrick Tjungarryi and Purple House CEO Sarah Brown AM enjoy a laugh in front of a mural that backs onto The Purple House.

A huge thanks to our friends at South East Water! We are deeply touched by the generosity of staff and the commitment of the organisation to supporting our work with First Nations dialysis patients from remote communities.
“Getting patients home On Country by providing remote dialysis and a suite of culturally safe wrap around services takes constant innovation and your support helps us to keep doing that, and to say yes to new communities who need help” 
Purple House CEO, Sarah Brown

South East Water is a metropolitan Melbourne water utility that supports healthy and liveable communities by delivering water, sewerage and recycled water services to 1.8 million people every day and every night. Its purpose is to deliver healthy water for life to customers, community and environment. Its vision is to Innovate with Purpose. Act with Care.

Top image: L:R: South East Water General Manager Strategy and Stakeholder, Karen Lau; Food for Change Founder and CEO Matt Donovan; MSFIN volunteers Rhonda O’Meara and Cheryl Hayes, South East Water Community Manager Paige-Elise Galloway; handing over financial and gift donations including toys and essential food hampers collected through South East Water’s Annual Employee Christmas Giving Appeal.

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