Camden Haven business are uniting to fund transport costs at Camden Haven Community at 3

UNITED FRONT: Peter Poole,Brendon Lynch, Mathew Guffogg, Felix La Spina, Peter Negus and Theo Hazelgrove with the new van for Community at 3.
UNITED FRONT: Peter Poole,Brendon Lynch, Mathew Guffogg, Felix La Spina, Peter Negus and Theo Hazelgrove with the new van for Community at 3.

Local businesses have put up their hand to cover operational costs for Camden Haven Community at 3, after an anonymous sponsor funded the purchase of a new van for the charity.

A mystery resident has donated more than $30,000 to allow the charity to purchase a used 2015 model 12-seater Toyota van. The charity helps people who are homeless, lonely or in financial difficulty.

The group will now be able to transport at-risk members of the public for medical appointments, hospital treatments, family visits, church services and social functions.

The van will also assist in pick up of weekly supplies of food and some volunteers, delivery of food to people in need, delivery of Christmas hampers, capability to include wheelchairs and regular outings for children and their parents.

ALL ON BOARD: Peter Poole,Brendon Lynch, Mathew Guffogg, Felix La Spina, Peter Negus and Theo Hazelgrove (far left) in the new van for Community at 3.

ALL ON BOARD: Peter Poole,Brendon Lynch, Mathew Guffogg, Felix La Spina, Peter Negus and Theo Hazelgrove (far left) in the new van for Community at 3.

Camden Haven Community at 3 chairperson Theo Hazelgrove said the generosity of the community is amazing.

"We have been functioning as a group for five years now and we have been wanting a bus for taking lonely or homeless people on trips, that could be for a medical appointment and such," Mr Hazelgrove said.

"There's a lot of public transport but there is a group that's not being catered for and there are people being left behind.

"We have the support of business people in Camden Haven to raise around $5000 to run the vehicle this year. That has been organised by Peter Negus from Club North Haven and they are also raising funds through raffles.

"The number of homeless people in the Camden Haven varies from week to week but in the last six months we have secured three jobs for people and have helped 250 families in the last year.

"Anyone seeking help is welcome to attend our weekly Wednesday meeting at 3pm behind the Laurieton United Services Club for the connect barbecue, which is free for a good meal and we have people they can talk to."

Mr Hazelgrove said the charity is putting in long term plans to purchase a motel to provide emergency accommodation for the people of Camden Haven.

Club North Haven secretary manager Peter Negus said business owners have given the go-ahead to cover the running and maintenance expenses associated with the van.

"It's the community helping the community. We want to help out and help people get their lives back on track," he said.

"A number of businesses have joined and contributed. The Club is holding a raffle each week to try and raise $5000 in ten weeks to cover the first 12 months of transport."

M&H Mechanical owner Mathew Guffogg said the community generosity runs in a circle.

"I like to return the favour because so many people support me in my business and we are all here to help each other out," Mr Guffogg said.

"It's that community mentality that I can't cook their food, but I can help them out with their mechanical stuff."

Local businesses such as Oasis By The River's Brendon Lynch, Camden Haven Tyre & Brake Centre's Peter Poole, Brewhaven's Felix La Spina, M&H Mechanical's Mathew Guffogg and Club North Haven's Peter Negus have all given their support to assist with operational costs.

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