Anyone recycling bottles at the Return & Earn reverse vending machine next to Tenterfield Pool can soon opt to donate their proceeds to local charity Tenterfield Care Centre, which operates Millrace and Haddington.
"TCC has been accepted as a local donation partner," fundraising committee chair and board member Rhonda Rovera said.
Local Donation Partners are chosen from not-for-profit and community organisations and are rotated on a regular basis. TCC will be a local donation partner from August 24 through to February 21 next year, together with three other state-wide or national charities.
Mrs Rovera said this will give the generous Tenterfield community yet another opportunity to donate to the funds required by TCC to fit-out the planned 28 new aged care suites to be constructed in the Haddington Nursing Home.
When using the Reverse Vending Machine select Tenterfield Care Centre on the touchscreen and TCC will automatically be gifted with the full amount.
TCC CEO Fiona Murphy has a goal of raising $25,000 (equating to 250,000 bottles) over the six months that TCC will be the local donation partner. The intention is to use the funds to purchase safety pendants for Haddington residents, to incorporate into the upgraded nurse call system being installed as part of the Haddington extension project.
Board chair Greg Sauer said the board and management of TCC are working tirelessly with architects and engineers to turn the many preliminary drawings into final plans, with the original intention of starting construction in late 2020.
Unfortunately the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is causing delays in the plan and construction is now expected to start in mid-to-late 2021.