ADRA reaches new heights

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Taranaki, New Zealand

An ADRA Team from Australia climbed Mount Taranaki (formerly Mount Egmont) in mid-January to raise funds for the ADRA Community Centre at Blacktown. The centre provides free counselling, accommodation services and crisis food hampers to vulnerable families in Western Sydney.

The generosity of sponsors has been overwhelming. The $AU17,000 that has been raised will go a long way towards the $75,000 needed to maintain services this year.

At 2518 metres high, conquering Mount Taranaki is no easy task. Fortunately an experienced guide was present to accompany the team on their climb.  

Three of the team members who made it to the summit are ministers of the Greater Sydney Conference and have also volunteered at the community centre.

Melinda Sydenham, 24, was the only female member to complete the summit. She described it as a journey that she would never forget.

Malcolm Rea, Director of ADRA Services for the Greater Sydney Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said, “The generosity of sponsors has been overwhelming. The $AU17,000 that has been raised will go a long way towards the $75,000 needed to maintain services this year. Thank you!”