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Giving as we’re growing

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There’s no denying that we’re proud of the stunning facilities we build at Lifestyle Communities. They’re a cracker set of communities. But there’s something else we’re even more proud of – our homeowners. They’ve gone above and beyond to raise funds for over 45 cancer-based charities and research organisations. This financial year they raised $64,350, which was matched dollar for dollar by the Lifestyle Communities Foundation, reaching a total of $128,700. That’s a $24,700 increase on last year, which just goes to show that as we grow, our community spirit grows with us.

Established in honour of Dael Perlov, one of our founding members who lost his life to Pancreatic Cancer in 2014, the Lifestyle Communities Foundation has seen great support and involvement from our homeowners, year after year. Here’s what we achieved for 2019/2020:

The official Mother’s Day Classic might have been cancelled, but that didn’t deter our homeowners from powering ahead with walks of their own. Fay and Kaye from Lifestyle Brookfield led a ‘pink army’ of 20 homeowners around their community raising $1,000 in an hour. Wendy and Sharon from Lifestyle Berwick Waters also marched on their home grounds cheered on by fellow homeowners who stood out on verandahs festooned with balloons. In total, $4,754 was raised across our communities which was then matched by the Lifestyle Communities Foundation.

What do you get when you add a cup of kindness, a dash of cash and a pinch of cheekiness? The Biggest Morning Tea, Lifestyle Communities style. A total of $10,080 was raised across our communities and matched by the Lifestyle Communities Foundation. Standout achievements were Lifestyle Shepparton and Lifestyle Wollert who donated $4,290 each. Special mention also goes to Judy Armstrong and her helpers from Lifestyle Warragul who raised a tidy $1,364. They held their Biggest Morning Tea during Covid with strictly 10 people per home and zero restrictions on the homemade goodies. A couple of trikes also got a fund-raising makeover that’s worth a look!

Making things with our hands is satisfying. Making toys that kids enjoy playing with is truly rewarding. And knowing that those very same toys can raise funds to help young people suffering from cancer, is the most heart-warming of all. The hard-working chisellers and sanders of the Lifestyle Casey Fields Woodworking Group did us proud once again with a whopping $4,000 raised for the Monash Children’s Hospital. We were delighted to match it with another $4,000, and the Lifestyle Casey Fields crew then travelled up to the hospital to present their $8,000 cheque.

Over the years, Lifestyle Hastings has built a real connection with the Frankston Oncology Unit. They’ve welcomed our donations and we’ve been grateful for the support they’ve given our homeowners. This year $1,000 was raised for the Unit, matched proudly by Lifestyle Communities. In addition, some of the beautiful furniture from the Lifestyle Hastings clubhouse will be donated for use in the hospital’s waiting room.

Five of our communities really stepped it up for men this year, raising $7,466 for the Prostate

Cancer Foundation of Australia. Massive thanks to those at Lifestyle Berwick Waters for $1,536, Lifestyle Bittern for $2,145, Lifestyle Hastings for $750, Lifestyle Brookfield for $890 and Lifestyle Kaduna Park for $2,145. We were thrilled to match these donations dollar for dollar.

The time and effort our homeowners have put in this year is truly appreciated. We’re biased, of course, but we think they’re absolute gems. Here’s to achieving even greater success together next year!

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