AMP helps care for kids

Matthew and Susan McDermott from Step Up Financial Planners in Lismore (both left) hand over a $10,000 cheque from the AMP Foundation to CASPA general manager Chris Foster and chairperson Sue Wilkins.

Thanks to Susan and Matthew McDermott from Step Up Financial Planners in Lismore, CASPA has been given $10,000 to help young people who have been abused and neglected.

Susan and Matthew held a fundraising auction earlier this year and combined with the generosity of the local community, volunteers and local business people, they raised their target of $10,000 between July and December 2007. This week that sum was matched dollar for dollar by the AMP Foundation.

CASPA general manager, Chris Foster, said the money will allow the organisation to buy extras for the children.

Well be able to buy computer software that supports the childrens education and gives them better career opportunities, things like fishing rods and other sporting equipment, and nice clothes when they have a special occasion coming up... all the things a child in a normal family would take for granted, said Chris. These sorts of extras are really important otherwise the young people just feel like theyre in an institution and theyre missing out. And they know these things are bought with money thats been donated, and that makes them feel like someone out there really cares.

Susan McDermott said handing out big cheques to organisations like CASPA was always a thrill particularly because it was such a team effort.

Its a real buzz to contribute, she said. What was really lovely was how willing the community was to give I was so touched. Myself and Matthew are just so grateful to everyone who participated and donated the theme was Lets Stick Together and I think that says it all. Its amazing what we can achieve as a community.


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