Busi­ness tunes in to fill empty ham­pers

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

■ A re­gional Food­bank drive that was strug­gling to col­lect enough do­na­tions to feed north­ern fam­i­lies this Christ­mas has re­ceived a help­ing hand from some gen­er­ous Kar­ratha busi­nesses.

Food­bank Ger­ald­ton, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s north­ern WA branch, was strug­gling to meet de­mand for its Fes­tive Food Ap­peal un­til ra­dio sta­tion Spirit Ra­dio pitched in, or­gan­is­ing a week­long spe­cial broad­cast from lo­cal busi­nesses to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate food.

Af­ter­noon pre­sen­ter Angie Ay­ers has been the main driver be­hind the Spirit Ra­dio team’s cam­paign.

“(Spirit Ra­dio staff) were talk­ing in the of­fice about Christ­mas com­ing and were look­ing to do some­thing char­ity-fo­cused to get in the spirit of Christ­mas,” she said.

“Eat­ing un­til you burst is some­thing we do on Christ­mas, but not ev­ery­one can af­ford that. There are go­ing to be a lot of peo­ple do­ing it tough.

“If we can do any­thing to help give kids some Christ­mas cheer, we’re go­ing to do it.”

Ms Ay­ers said she had been over­whelmed with how gen­er­ously Kar­ratha res­i­dents had re­sponded.

“It has been un­real,” she said. “Peo­ple are com­ing in with trol­leys of food — not just one or two items, but bags of stuff. It was really heart­warm­ing.”

Food­bank Ger­ald­ton man­ager Pat Hodge said Kar­ratha’s re­sponse had been “amaz­ing” and the or­gan­i­sa­tion was grate­ful.

“This is the worst year I have seen (for do­na­tions), prob­a­bly be­cause there are so many peo­ple un­em­ployed,” she said.

“With­out the sup­port of the Kar­ratha peo­ple and the ra­dio sta­tion and the trans­port com­pany (JSS Lo­gis­tics), we would not be able to meet the de­mand.

“What an amaz­ing ef­fort when ev­ery­one’s go­ing through hard times at the mo­ment.”

To do­nate, con­tact Food­bank Ger­ald­ton on 9964 8011.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Florist’s Tri­cia So­lari, Spirit’s Aimee-Lee Holle­mans, Angie Ay­ers.

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