Ballarat community hopes to send family to Russia
Goodstart Early Learning has rallied the community together to help raise funds for a single mum, whose husband died suddenly, leaving her to raise her five children aged between three months and 13 years of age.
A community market day will be held for Svetlana Murphy and her family at Victoria Park on Saturday from 9am to 3pm with activities including more than 20 market stalls, a sausage sizzle, face painting and games.
It is hoped the fundraising event will raise enough money for Mrs Murphy and her children to travel to Russia to see her family for a month. She does not have any immediate family members in Australia.
The event will be hosted by Goodstart’s six early learning centres in Ballarat with the support of community partners Ballarat City Council, Lions Club of Ballarat, Sinclair Meats, Kelly Sports, Suez Environment as well as 27 other individual local businesses/stall holders. Bunnings Ballarat is supplying pots and plants for the children’s plant potting program on the day.
Goodstart Wendouree centre director Linda Wright said Svetlana Murphy was an inspiring woman, mother, work colleague and friend.
“We would like for Svetlana and her children to enjoy some time away from the heartache of losing their father and to see their cousins and nieces. It would be amazing if the community will support us to achieve our goal for this lovely family,” Ms Wright said.
“Our Goodstart family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of local business groups and other community partners who are kindly supporting this event which is so dear to our hearts."
Please contact any Goodstart area in the Ballarat area if you would like to make a contribution to the fundraising efforts. Fundraising continue until March this year or until they reach their goal.