CAREVAN underlined its determination to establish a drug and alcohol rehabilitation locally after collecting its latest honour as Albury’s Community Group of the Year.
Carevan founder John Brabant said filling the void created by the closure of Granya House would be a focus.
“We need a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre,” he said.
Carevan is locked in negotiations with the owners of Granya House and awaiting confirmation of a $160,000 grant to assist with the purchase.
Late last year Carevan was named NSW Volunteer Team of the Year.
Carevan was established in early 2010 and has grown into a 400-strong volunteer team providing more than 200 meals to homeless and disadvantaged people in Albury each week.
“It is all about the volunteers themselves,” Mr Brabant said.
“Carevan wouldn’t be anything without volunteers.
“Carevan started as a very small idea and has grown into a huge concept.”
As Albury’s Australia Day ambassador, Carevan’s patron Father Chris Riley was on hand to see it collect its award.
Mr Brabant, an Albury orthodontist, also revealed plans for Carevan to become involved in a program to prevent tooth decay in disadvantaged youth.
Other nominations for Saturday’s award were Albury North Rotary Club, Albury Thunder, Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau, Border Relay for Life committee, Thurgoona Lions, Sailability Albury-Wodonga and St John Ambulance.