Intereach celebrates four decades of care

THEY have been reaching out to lend a hand to community members in need for 40 years.

On Monday around 50 people helped Intereach Limited celebrate the milestone with a morning tea at its Griffith office.

Intereach Ltd CEO Sue Mathieson said the community-based provider of services to communities throughout the Riverina Murray had come a long way since it was first established in Deniliquin in 1973.

"The name and programs have changed over the years but the values and purpose of the service has remained the same," she said.

"We have nine offices now across the region and provide 35 different programs that outreach into smaller communities.

"It's really important to have a local organisation based in local areas.

"We help people live the life they want to live."

Aboriginal elder Gloria Goolagong performed the welcome to country before a short film created for the occasion provided a snapshot of what Intereach does across the region, while talented staff member Allan McKenzie played his didgeridoo.

Guest speaker and Griffith City councillor Pat Cox congratulated the organisation calling it a "great achievement".

"Their infancy was in Deniliquin but they have continued to grow over the years," she said.

"It is important to see that they have maintained the good work they have always done. And that is to provide information to those who don't have means or are disadvantaged in the community.

"The two main areas in Griffith are community transport and respite care.

"Both are vital services for our community.

"Without public transport people wouldn't be able to access services they need and for someone who is a carer they need support to continue to survive."

Intereach CEO Sue Mathieson and community transport coordinator Deb McKersie help celebrate 40 years.

Intereach CEO Sue Mathieson and community transport coordinator Deb McKersie help celebrate 40 years.

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