GIPPSLAND-BASED charity Olivia’s Place has gratefully accepted a $6000 grant from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) Charitable Foundation to aid their work supporting local parents and babies.

Graciously nominated by Kirsty Patterson of O’Brien Real Estate Clark, the REIV Charitable Foundation grant was awarded in May and has been used for purchasing goods to fill baby bundles for new parents as well as essential equipment for their warehouse operations.

Olivia’s Place gifts the baby bundles to new mums, maternity hospitals, GP clinics and other health services across Gippsland.

Bundles have everything that a mum needs to care for her new baby and herself including clothing, blankets, nappies and personal care, all of which are new items that have been purchased or donated by business and the community.

General manager of operations, Kirsten Finger, said the items purchased through this grant would be lovingly packed by a team of Olivia’s Place volunteers.

“These bundles may be the only new items that mum and baby receive during a time when some families are experiencing financial strain or other significant challenges.”

Sophie Lyon, chair of the REIV Charitable Foundation board, said: “In such a challenging year, the board was keen to reach out to charities across Victoria providing much-needed support for disadvantaged families and individuals in their local communities. Olivia’s Place does just that and we are grateful to Kirsty Patterson for proposing them to the board and delighted to have been in a position to make this award.”

Last financial year, Olivia’s Place supported 190 Gippsland families providing more than 1500 appointments and more than $105,000 in value of material aid to them while they are navigating pregnancy, birth and their baby’s first year.

Olivia’s Place also recently delivered 11 baby bundles to the maternity ward at Latrobe Regional Hospital after they were put together thanks to this funding. This REIV Charitable Foundation grant will help the charity to continue their work supporting local families to thrive.