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Bequest benefits community

The tragic death, as a result of a car accident about 12 months ago, of Lina Niglia was sadly reflected on at Tatura’s Gallery Cafe last Monday, when family members met up with representatives from the Cancer Council of Victoria and Tatura’s two opportunity shops, The Tatura Op Shop and St Vincent de Paul for a morning tea.

January 28, 2014 3:30pm

Glenis Capps (Cancer Council of Victoria senior relationship manager), Peter Reed (Tatura Community Op Shop), Catherine Chong (Cancer Council of Victoria estates officer) and Nancy Lawlor (St Vincent de Paul) at last Monday’s moving cheque hand over.

Solicitor Geoff Lipshut, who was executor of Ms Niglia’s estate, said proceeds from the estate were left to the Cancer Council of Victoria, which after some consideration felt that part of the estate proceeds should remain in Tatura.

It was decided that $20 000 would be donated to each of the two local op shops, to support their valuable, and ongoing work in the Tatura community.

Cancer Council of Victoria senior relationship manager Glenis Capps said the council was absolutely delighted to distribute some of the estate back to the community.

Responding on behalf of the Niglia family, Frank Niglia said as a small community that liked to look after each other, the Cancer Council of Victoria was to be congratulated for their consideration and generosity.

He said the family were also happy that Lina had seen fit to benefit the community in her will.

Accepting a cheque on behalf of St Vincent de Paul, Nancy Lawlor said the Cancer Council of Victoria’s donation was much appreciated, and would be of great assistance in providing ongoing community support in Tatura.

Likewise, Peter Reed, representing the Tatura Community Op-Shop, was equally appreciative.

‘‘We are grateful for the generosity, and thank the family,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of people are doing it tough in the community and we thank the Cancer Council of Victoria for the $20 000, which will allow us to help more people in town.’’

Mr Lipshut said it was great to see the representatives from Melbourne come to acknowledge Lina’s bequest with her family.

‘‘It turned out to be a very moving morning for us all,’’ he said.

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