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LIV wrappers raise $2000

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Cite as: March 2015 89 (3) LIJ, p.14

LIV staff helped to raise almost $2000 for Melbourne City Mission by wrapping Christmas gifts for Collins Street shoppers.

Ten staff volunteered their time in the lead-up to Christmas 2014 so Melbourne’s oldest charity could continue its support of disadvantaged people, including prisoners and the homeless.

LIJ legal editor Libby Brown devoted an afternoon to the initiative and said it was personally rewarding. She also helped out at Ozanam House on Christmas Day.

“I used to do a lot of volunteer work and it’s great to get back into it. The gift wrapping initiative has inspired me to do more.”

The most satisfying part of volunteering for Ms Brown was seeing the generosity of people. “Initiatives like this bring out the best in people. To give two or three hours and be able to make a difference is very little out of our time and very rewarding.

It’s great that the LIV is prepared to put back into the community and support public benefit work.”

Melbourne City Mission community engagement manager Steve Haylock said the charity was grateful for the LIV help.

“The LIV staff assisting Melbourne City Mission with the gift wrapping were very generous and helpful. Happy faces from a range of fields really added to the day. Thank you LIV, you made a difference.”

LIV president Katie Miller said the legal profession had a proud tradition of giving back, both in and out of the legal sector.

“It was great to see LIV staff supporting a charity that improves the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable people.”

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