Donations to spread Christmas cheer

Published: 14 Sep 2018

Local businesses have kick-started the 2018 Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal with more than $24,000 In donations received at this morning’s launch.

Mayor Bob Manning praised the local business community for its support of the annual fundraiser.

“Christmas is still a few months away, but many of us are probably already planning what we’ll being doing with our time off or what presents we’re going to buy our loved ones,” Cr Manning said.

“But, sadly, not everyone looks forward to the festive season. For those in our community who are doing it tough for all manner of reasons, Christmas can be a source of great stress and sadness.

“It’s wonderful to see our local business community turn out in support of others who are doing it tough. This morning, $24,000 was donated by 16 businesses and we thank each of them for their generosity.”

Each year, the Mayor’ s Christmas Cheer Appeal raises money to pack and distribute Christmas hampers to people who are doing it tough within the Cairns community.

“While it might seem like a small gesture, the donation of a food hamper stocked with family favourites can make Christmas Day a little merrier for those who might otherwise go without,” Cr Manning said.

“Once again, we are aiming to pack and deliver 700 food hampers to local residents who are in need of some festive cheer.

“We’ve had a great start to the fundraising this morning, but we still have a long way to go and every little bit helps.”

Donations to the Mayor’ s Christmas Cheer Appeal can be made securely via Council’ s website; over the counter at one of Council’ s customer service offices with cash, credit card, cheque or money order. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

“Our community is fantastic at supporting each other and this appeal is a great way to show that you care about your neighbours,” Cr Manning said. “Even a few spare coins can help to make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.”

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Last updated: 14 September 2018