Christmas appeal helps locals
A terrific result for charities
CHRISTMAS was made all the merrier for local families doing it tough thanks to the generosity of residents contributing to the 2015 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.
Mayor Mal Forman said the 2015 appeal had raised $15,085 to assist the charitable work of the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society.
“This is a terrific result and I thank everyone involved for the support they have shown to those less fortunate,” Cr Forman said.
“The generous donations have helped these local charities distribute toys, vouchers and food hampers to hundreds of residents in need this festive season.
“The response from those receiving these modest gifts makes the effort worthwhile. I would like to thank the support team of local business people who come on board every year to help us promote this appeal.”
Cr Forman said the success of the appeal’s key events the Old Bags Lunch and the Mayoral Christmas Concert had greatly contributed to the overall excellent financial result. The Old Bags Lunch was again highly successful, raising more than $4400 and the revamped Mayoral Christmas Concert raised $4000.
“We are very pleased with this result and the support we received from the community for these events and I believe it demonstrates that residents across our region have generous hearts.”
Martin Barrett, Managing Director of Auswide Bank, said the local banking institution was thrilled to continue its long-standing support of the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.
“We’re delighted by the support for such a worthy cause, with funds raised directed to those people in our community in need,” Mr Barrett said.
DOING GOOD WORK: Charities were able to distributed $15,000 extra in toys and goodies thanks to the funds raised during the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. RIGHT: Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman is thankful for all the support for the Christmas appeal.