Sydney ADRA centres under pressure, visited by MPs

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Local member for Macquarie fields Anoulack Chanthivong, centre manager Melissa Baleilekutu and Opposition Leader Jodi McKay.

New South Wales Opposition Leader Jodi McKay and Member for Macquarie Fields Anoulack Chanthivong visited the ADRA Community Centre at Mallee Rose Cottage in Macquarie Fields on Wednesday, March 17.

Together, the representatives spoke about the programs and support offered at the centre and met some of the ADRA team and volunteers.

“Local charitable organisations such as ADRA Community Centre Macquarie Fields have been kept extremely busy during the pandemic helping some of our most vulnerable community members. It was a pleasure to recognise the wonderful efforts of the centre’s manager Melissa Baleilekutu and her dedicated team of volunteers with NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay,” said Mr Chanthivong.

At the same time, ADRA Community Centre Blacktown is experiencing a shortage of non-perishable items in their food pantry and have asked for support. “This morning we walked into a worrisome sight. Our food pantry shelves were almost entirely empty,” a Facebook post read.

To support either ADRA Blacktown or Macquarie fields, please call 9829 6701. To see what items are needed in the food pantry, visit this page.