Quickie plays Santa

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

MORE than 100 fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in the Dou­glas re­gion will re­ceive Christ­mas gifts thanks to the com­bined ef­forts of the Quick­sil­ver and the Mayor’s Christ­mas ap­peals.

Quick­sil­ver handed over a quar­ter of their col­lected good­ies last Fri­day which will go to­wards help­ing around 40 lo­cal fam­i­lies and peo­ple in need this Christ­mas.

Quick­sil­ver’s Me­gan Bell said the rest of the col­lected Christ­mas gifts and food have been do­nated to the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety, Life­line and the Sal­va­tion Army in Cairns.

“This is the eighth an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal and we do it be­cause we be­lieve it’s im­por­tant as a com­mu­nity to sup­port those less for­tu­nate at this time of year,” she said.

“Although Quick­sil­ver in­sti­gated the ap­peal we have great sup­port from the tourism in­dus­try as well as our ma­jor sup­pli­ers.

“It’s so gen­er­ous and lovely of the tourism in­dus­try, it’s tough this time of year and the fact they still sup­port the Quick­sil­ver ap­peal we are very thank­ful for that.”

The ap­peal re­ceived more than $10,000 worth of food and gifts. There are not only toys for chil­dren but gifts for in­di­vid­u­als and el­derly peo­ple who might be alone this Christ­mas, in­clud­ing shaver packs and soap packs.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s Dou­glas man­ager Liz Col­lyer said the coun­cil is grate­ful for re­ceiv­ing the Quick­sil­ver do­na­tions, which will be given to fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als who do not meet the Mayor’s Ap­peal cri­te­ria.

“All up there are over 100 fam­i­lies who will re­ceive a pack­age, 60 fam­i­lies with the Mayor’s ap­peal and 40 with the Quick­sil­ver ap­peal, so we hope no one misses out,” she said.

The Christ­mas pack­ages full of food and gifts are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered by the end of this week.

Big hearts: Dave Les from Quick­sil­ver

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