Businesses and Community Stand Strong for Students

Businesses from across Gippsland rallied to raise funds for disadvantaged students in the Latrobe Valley.

Carrajung Estate Winery was aglow with the spirit of unity and compassion as businesses from across Gippsland rallied together to raise a remarkable $12,000 for The Little Village Project.

This heart-warming event, organised by Kindred Spirits Enterprises in collaboration with project partners Latrobe Health Assembly, AGL Loy Yang, local businesses and community members, sent a resounding message of hope and support.

Their collective efforts are set to make a profound impact on the lives of disadvantaged students in the Latrobe Valley, ensuring they can engage with their education and thrive.

At the heart of this gathering was the unwavering commitment to the Little Village Project, a community-driven initiative launched at Stockdale Road Primary School by Wellbeing Support Officer Ben Tunks in 2020. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of the local community, this project is now a beacon of hope for students, helping them overcome obstacles that can impede their educational journey.

The funds raised during this event will play a pivotal role in providing timely interventions and health solutions to these students, effectively transforming obstacles into stepping stones on their path to success.

“We witnessed the true power of unity and compassion. Our community, together with our esteemed partners, is making a tangible difference in the lives of these young learners. Through The Little Village Project, we are paving the way for a brighter future, one where every student can reach their full potential,” Kindred Spirits Enterprises Executive Officer Shaun Mallia said.

“The event was not only a testament to the community’s determination but also served as a reminder of what can be achieved when like-minded individuals and organisations come together for a shared cause.

“This collaborative effort is a shining example of the impact we can make when we stand united. The Little Village Project is more than just a program; it’s a testament to our shared dedication to ensuring that no child’s education is hindered by circumstances beyond their control.”

Mr Mallia thanked the celebration and fundraising event committee, which included David Hackford, Rhonda Renwick, Mr Tunks and representatives from the Latrobe Health Assembly, for their support and dedication to the students of the Latrobe Valley.

Special thanks was all given to the incredible businesses, organisations and individuals who donated items for the event silent auction – Australian Open, Mantra Hotel Traralgon, The Butter Factory, Collins Booksellers Sale, Wattle Bank Farm, Turnbull Motors, Good Move Conveyancing, Leah Mether – Communications and Soft Skill Specialist, Bec and Justin Crawley, Kathy Havers and many others – who are helping to build a brighter future for Latrobe Valley’s students.

The Little Village project is proudly supported by Kindred Spirits Enterprises, Latrobe Health Assembly and AGL Loy Yang.

For more information or to make a tax deductable donation to the project, visit

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