Donation saves disability program after theft

GenU team leader Darren Morrissy, middle, says the generosity of a Colac business owner will help GenU #adventure participants cycle around the region again. Mr Morrissy is pictured with GenU participants Shane Laidlaw, Courtney Stoddart, Maddie Parker and Alan Richardson.

The generosity of a Colac business owner has helped a Colac disability activity group get one step closer to cycling around the region again.

A GenU bike trailer was the target of a burglary from the Colac Yacht Club last month. Thieves broke into the yacht club’s yard and stole a trailer that GenU used to transport bikes to riding activities throughout the region.

GenU, formerly Karingal St Laurence, provides services for people with a disability, including supported employment, education programs, accommodation support, advocacy and personal care.

GenU team leader Darren Morrissy said a Colac business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, called him after reading about the theft in the Colac Herald last week.

Mr Morrissy said the businessman had expressed his disappointment about the theft and donated $1000 to go towards a new trailer.

“It blew me away, it’s just generosity beyond our thoughts; it’s not what we expected from someone within the community,” he said.

“These guys take it more personally, so for him to come forward and do that it’s a nice bit of a leg up for us,” he said.

Mr Morrissy said the gesture showcased Colac community’s strength and the generosity of people within the region.

“I think that’s one of the things about being in a rural community; if it was Geelong or Melbourne people would just be on with their daily lives,” he said.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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