Kayak ride offers lift to for Byron Shire needy

KAYAK GIFT: Community Services Manager at the Community Centre, Cat Seddon, owner of Go Sea Kayaks, Kurt Tutt with Manager of Byron Community Centre, Paul Spooner.
KAYAK GIFT: Community Services Manager at the Community Centre, Cat Seddon, owner of Go Sea Kayaks, Kurt Tutt with Manager of Byron Community Centre, Paul Spooner. Christian Morrow

A FAMILY kayak trip across beautiful Byron Bay may be just the thing to give a struggling local family a bit of a lift.

Local business Go Sea Kayaks has donated one free kayak trip a month to the Emergency Relief Program at the Byron Community Centre.

Go Sea Kayaks owner Kurt Tutt said the birth of his first child had changed his outlook on life.

"I was inspired by the work of the community centre and also want to reinforce the fact that business people are part of the community as well," he said. "Business people can reach out and put themselves into the community."

Cat Seddon, community services manager at the community centre, said that with changes to welfare payments foreshadowed by the Federal Government, things were about to get tougher for the vulnerable.

"Many people just struggle to get their bills paid, so this will be an extra special treat we can use for a family in need," she said.

For the past five years Ms Seddon has managed the Emergency Relief Program at the community centre, which has about 15 trained volunteers working with it at any one time.

The program provides food vouchers, vouchers for transport, fuel or buses, swags and frozen meals from the Liberation Larder for those who may be struggling.

"Our welfare safety net is about to be pulled away," Ms Seddon said.

"The proposed cuts to youth unemployment payments are going to hit families particularly hard."

Get Relief

Emergency Relief appointments are available on Monday and Friday afternoons from 1pm-4pm (excluding public holidays).

For appointments, call (02) 6685 6807 or in person at the Community Centre reception.

Topics:  community centre kayak welfare

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