OUR HOUSE has been the recipient of a generous last-minute donation from Casino's Northern Cooperative Meat Company to fund the brand new building's lift ahead of its opening next Tuesday.

The substantial gift of $105,000 will pay for the lift over four years.

Chairman of the Northern Cooperative Meat Company George Bennett said the cooperative had always tried to be involved with projects which directly benefited the local community.

"We have 1550 shareholders... the chances are we will have some of our shareholders probably visiting or stopping here," Mr Bennett said.

"We felt it was something we could support and we're very happy to be associated with it."

The coop was also one of the first local organisations to put money into Our House, donating seed funding of $25,000 back in 2005 well before the project secured Federal funding to build the facility.

"The Meat Company has also supported us from the very beginning with the seed funding which was an idea that grew into a complete project," Our House fundraising coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

"We literally went to them with an idea, and they said 'why don't you try to see if you can do it?'," she said.

Mrs Battista said the lift was an essential part of the project, as it enabled those with illness or disabilities to easily access all parts of the building.

"This is fantastic and it has come at the right time to help pay for the lift, which we really needed to have in place prior to opening," Mrs Battista said.

The Our House opening date has been moved forward to next Tuesday, December 4, with two guests already booked in for Monday.

"It's a great icing on the cake for a last week of construction," Mrs Battista said.



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