Giv­ing needy a lit­tle cheer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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HELP­ING HANDS: vol­un­teer An­nie Richard­son vol­un­teer, Joya Hek­man from Port Dou­glas Newsagency and fi­nan­cial man­age­ment pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Me­gan Black­law

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