Frankston Times 28 June 2022

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Funding boost for disability program A PROGRAM for people living with disabilities has received a grant funding boost from Frankston Council. Eight businesses were recently awarded the ratepayer-funded business grants. The Perpetual People Co in Frankston received more than $28,000 to go towards setting up a gardening program and a sports program. Perpetual people Co owner Prini Swinton-Lee said that the grant funding will “do so much good to the people that we support.” “It opens up the opportunity for our clients to work in the community as well as become self-sufficient such as learning to grow their own fruit and veggies at home,” she said. A total of $228,000 in grant funding was

awarded. The other recipients were The Living Earth Co, The Commute, Little River Coffeehouse, Hotel Lona, Sea Breeze Dentistry, Ash Marton Realty, and Young Folks Digital. Frankston mayor Nathan Conroy said “sharing this news was very rewarding, each business so deserving in that they will all bring a significant boost to the community and to our economy.” “I’d like to congratulate our successful recipients and thank them for the important contribution they make to our city. Our businesses work exceptionally hard, their passion is inspiring and these innovations are ensuring our satellite city continues on its path to a thriving economy,” he said.

Funding boost: Perpetual people Co owner Prini Swinton-Lee with program co-ordinator Brad Hoare. Picture: Supplied

Locks off: Emily Cullen and Natalie Trotter were happy to lose their lovely locks to make someone else’s life better. Picture: Gary Sissons

The kindest cut for charity CURLY-haired Somerville resident Emily Cullen has always been complimented on her luscious, strawberry-gold locks. But the peninsula shearer didn’t bat an eye when deciding to cut a good portion of it off to help people who have lost their hair to cancer. After hatching the plan to sell her hair to a wig-making company, Emily put the call out on social media to see if anyone wanted to join her, and before she knew it old school friend Natalie Trotter answered the call. It had been a decade since the former Frankston High School chums had last met, but the common cause and their spirit of generosity brought them together on a mission to make


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someone else’s life better. Cullen says both women have been deeply affected by a loved one suffering from cancer and wanted to make a meaningful sacrifice. Cullen said she researched wig-making charities and decided to raise money through the children’s charity Variety Hair for Heart, because the wigs are hand-made and such high quality that children can swim and sleep with the wigs still on. Friday night at the Somerville Hotel drew a fun-loving crowd that cheered the girls on as they sat down for the chop. To donate go to donate-directly Liz Bell




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28 June 2022


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