Laptops boost for burgled Norlane charity

LAPTOP DONATION: Councillor Anthony Aitken and Volunteer Geelong CEO Helen Hunter pictured with Norlane Community Initiatives joint CEO Simon Reeves.

By Natalee Kerr

A Norlane charity recovering from a “devastating burglary” benefited from a generous donation this week.

Volunteering Geelong presented five laptops to Norlane Community Initiatives (NCI) following this month’s theft of equipment worth thousands of dollars.

The laptops were a “very welcomed donation” as NCI attempted to “repair, replace and rebuild”, said joint chief executive officer Simon Reeves.

“They provide much-needed and timeline replacement technology so we can get ourselves back on our feet,” Mr Reeves said.

“We love our community in Norlane and we thank Geelong for its support of us.”

NCI cares for people through initiatives addressing community needs including social isolation, family support, food security, local leadership, and health and wellbeing.

Councillor and Volunteer Geelong president Anthony Aitken said he was eager to immediately offer support to the neighbourhood hub after the break-in.

“Like most people I was saddened by the recent burglary at Norlane Community Initiatives, a well-loved and respected grass roots community-driven support organisation,” he said.

“What better way to help Simon and Kayleen Reeves and the team get back on their feet but with some much sort after replacement office equipment.”

Volunteering Geelong’s latest laptop handout was in partnership with WorkSafe, which donated 185 laptops to not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged people across Geelong.

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