TheReal Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) executives were in Mildura this week to present a $15,000 cheque to Sunraysia residential Services (SRS) which will enable the organisation to further its important work in the area of providing accommodation for people in need.

Immediate past president of the REIV and board member of the REIV Charitable Foundation, Robyn Waters said the donated funds have a specific purpose which will see the money used to refurbish SRS’s respite accommodation.

“The REIV considered a whole lot of options and the Professionals’ Tony Roccisano, introduced us to Sunraysia Residential Services and the wonderful work they perform in the community and we felt it was a very worthy cause and so we have made quite a considerable donation,” Ms Waters said.

“We’re very pleased and we will be interested to see the progress and so we’ll be back to have a look at what it looks like when the work is completed on the property.

“REIV have a set of criteria which ensures that it’s to do with housing and the work that we do and this project fitted all of our criteria really very well. I know the excitement that took place when we told SRS that we had made the decision to donate the funds to their organisation.”

SRS board member Lisa Post said that the organisation supports homelessness and victims of family violence, disadvantaged children and the elderly and their families with accommodation.

“Obviously with SRS the demand for specialised accommodation continues to be high in the area and with the current economic climate purchasing homes and fitting them out for such target groups remains a high priority for us,” Ms Post said.

“We would love to be able to give them all the money to cover the whole cost of the fit out,” Ms Waters added.

“We looked at what funds we had available to us and we made this donation to service this specific project which as I said meets our criteria perfectly.”

Mr Roccisano said it was exciting to see some money being donated for local charities.

“I think SRS is a really deserving organisation and it’s great to see the city folk supporting the regional areas and it’s well-deserved and it’s great to see that we’re not forgotten,” he said.

“The work SRS does in supporting some of the under privileged people in our community is really important and very commendable – it’s a great cause.”