Quickie plays Santa
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