Please help our ap­peal

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - Ash­leigh Howarth ash­leigh.howarth@qtcn.com.au

THE scary thing about life is, ev­ery­thing can change in the blink of an eye.

One day you could be work­ing full-time in a great job to be­ing with­out an in­come the next and strug­gling to make ends meet.

Ev­ery­body will go through var­i­ous hard­ships in their lives, but the pow­er­ful thing about hu­man­ity is, there are peo­ple out there who will try to spread good.

This is what we as a com­pany are try­ing to achieve with our an­nual Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal.

Lo­cal agen­cies have told us some fam­i­lies who are do­ing it tough due to loss of in­come, re­la­tion­ship break­downs, fam­ily-re­lated deaths, home­less­ness and sim­ply strug­gling to af­ford nec­es­sary items due to the ris­ing cost of liv­ing – any of which could hap­pen to you.

I’m go­ing to tell you some­thing...

When my whole world came crash­ing down last year, I had some tough de­ci­sions to make.

My mar­riage broke down and I was star­ing down the bar­rel of try­ing to fig­ure out how I would pay my bills and af­ford food... even though I had a full-time job.

I won­dered where I was go­ing to live and how I was go­ing to make my bud­get stretch even fur­ther.

For­tu­nately, I was lucky, as I was able to re­ceive help from my mum.

I po­ten­tially could have been one of the peo­ple who needed help from lo­cal agen­cies to sur­vive, just like our fam­i­lies from this year’s ap­peal.

This is my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence on how quickly your life can change.

I hope if I was ever placed in a po­si­tion like this again, there would be peo­ple out there who were gen­er­ous and kind-hearted enough to help.

I know ev­ery­one is do­ing it tough dur­ing these hard eco­nom­i­cal times, but if the thought of a fam­ily hav­ing noth­ing on Christ­mas breaks your heart, then we would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate your help with our ap­peal.

I have signed up to ‘adopt’ a fam­ily, and I hope you will too.

If you are wor­ried about do­ing it your­self, how about ‘adopt­ing’ one or two fam­i­lies with your work col­leagues or friends, and have ev­ery­one con­trib­ute a few items to your ham­per.

We have about 140 fam­i­lies who still need help.

If you would like to help, drop in to the QT of­fice and speak to our Adopt-a-Fam­ily co-or­di­na­tor Karen McCoombes to­day.

PHOTO: FILE

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: You can help a strug­gling fam­ily have a won­der­ful Christ­mas by tak­ing part in our an­nual Adopt-a-Fam­ily ap­peal.

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