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Shepparton businesses get behind Connect GV fundraiser

The generosity of the Shepparton business community has come to the fore with a number of impressive donations to the ConnectGV Gala Dinner and Goods and Services Auction.

KAITLIN THALS February 1, 2013 4:39am

Shepparton Kawasaki owner Ed Rhode and Ken Muston Motors general manager Ian Raglus with their donations to the ConnectGV fundraiser.


ConnectGV auction January 23, 2013

ConnectGV and Goulburn Valley families need your help.

There is no out-of-home respite service for the region’s families who have children with autism.

So the disability service is next month hosting a gala dinner to raise funds to ensure respite can be provided.

The News has also committed to doing everything it can to help.

At there is a goods and services auction, containing dozens of items that will be sold to help raise $50000.

In coming weeks, we’ll be featuring stories on families who will benefit from the service along with more information on why it is so badly needed.

ConnectGV says autism has only recently been identified as a disability and it’s unique to other disabilities.

A respite service will not only give families a well-earned rest, but also it provides young people with autism the opportunity to develop skills to become independent.

Greater Shepparton businesses are coming on board to support a much-needed service in the community.

The ConnectGV Gala Dinner and Goods and Services Auction will raise money to provide respite services to more than 90 families in Greater Shepparton who have children with autism.

The autism-based respite service has been identified as a vital need because there are no out-of-home respite services in the Goulburn Valley catering to these families.

The fundraising target is $50000, online bids close on February 11 and the Gala Dinner and Goods and Services Auction is on February 15.

Some of the items include a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo from Ken Muston Automotive valued at $49000, an exclusive tour of David Hayes’ Lindsay Park Racing Stables valued at $800, and a tour of the former stables of Black Caviar at Swettenham Stud followed by lunch at Mitchelton Winery valued at $1300.

For the adventurer, there are holidays, boat hire and a quad bike listed, as well as restaurant vouchers, a watch and a tyre package.

This is the second year Ken Muston Automotive has supported ConnectGV’s major fundraiser.

‘‘Ken Muston Automotive pride themselves in supporting the local community. The ConnectGV fundraisers have a real purpose and we can see the results from our assistance,’’ Ken Muston general manager Ian Raglus said.

Mitchelton Wines was also pleased to support the much-needed cause.

Chef Brett Dobson said the restaurant and cellar door had recently been refurbished and they were looking forward to showing it off.

‘‘It’s great that we can do this while supporting ConnectGV. We have a fresh new menu that incorporates the beautiful produce that is available locally, and Mitchelton winemakers have suggested the perfect Mitchelton wine match for all on the menu,’’ Mr Dobson said.

Friars Cafe is offering a catering package for 10 people, where staff members come to your home and cook for your next dinner party.

Friars staff members will create a three-course meal and supply a linen table cloth and napkins, crockery, cutlery, glassware and a selection of beer and wine.

ConnectGV chief executive Bruce Giovanetti said there was something for everyone and encouraged people to check out the items online or purchase a ticket and come along to the ConnectGV Gala Dinner and Goods and Services Auction.

‘‘It’s an opportunity to participate and hopefully pick up a bargain and contribute to the cause, ’’ he said.

The ConnectGV Gala Dinner and Goods and Services Auction will be at the Shepparton Golf Club on Friday, February 15 at 7pm. Tickets cost $80, which includes a meal, welcome drink and canapes on arrival. To view the items or to place an early bid via the online auction, visit and follow the links. For tickets or more information, phone ConnectGV on 58212466.

For more information about the GV Support Group for Children with Special Needs, phone 58311757.

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