Giving needy a little cheer
VOLUNTEERS from the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Community Centre have joined hands with the newsagency and Coles to give people a little cheer just before Christmas.
Joya Hekman from the Port Douglas newsagency was at the Neighbourhood Centre on Thursday to hand some bags of goodies and to help kick off pledges of donations from other businesses and people in town and to enlist help from the Centre.
The centre’s financial management program co- ordinator, Megan Blacklaw, said that she and a number of other volunteers were only too happy to help.
“It’s only the first year that we have started doing this but we know there are a number of people in our community both here and in Mossman that could do with some good cheer, to lift their spirits and to show them that people to care,” Megan said.
On December 6 the volunteers will be holding a sausage sizzle with the sausages and bread being donated by the manager of Coles Jason Smith and giveaways from the newsagency in the courtyard at Port Village in front of Coles.
A number of containers will be placed throughout the courtyard for people to place their donated goods into as well.
“We would greatly appreciate anything at all that people can give but remember it has to be non-perishable items and if they are second-hand they must be in good order or repair and must be clean,” Megan said.
“I am not being rude but we don’t want people giving out ’their rubbish’, remember these are people doing it tough and we want to raise their spirits and to give them some joy.”
To volunteer or donate some goods, call in to the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre in Mowbray St or call 4099 5518.
HELPING HANDS: volunteer Annie Richardson volunteer, Joya Hekman from Port Douglas Newsagency and financial management program co-ordinator Megan Blacklaw