Help lift fes­tive spir­its for De­fence

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CLARE ARM­STRONG

TOWNSVILLE res­i­dents are be­ing asked to sup­port an an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal to send care pack­ages to de­ployed Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel.

Her­bert MP Cathy O’Toole is run­ning the an­nual ap­peal for the third time and hopes to top last year’s record of 120 care pack­ages sent to the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions where De­fence per­son­nel are serv­ing.

“This ap­peal is about ask­ing peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to do­nate some Christ­mas treats for our men and women who are serv­ing over­seas,” she said.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant we show the ap­pre­ci­a­tion from our com­mu­nity to those men and women who give so self­lessly so that we can live in the beau­ti­ful free­doms that we do.”

Ms O’Toole said col­lec­tion zones would be set up at Townsville RSL, Kir­wan Wool­worths Park­side Plaza, City Lane Wool­worths, IGA Do­main Cen­tral, Thuringowa RSL, An­nan­dale Cen­tral Shop­ping Cen­tre, Stock­land Townsville cus­tomer desk, Ras­mussen Wool­worths and at her elec­torate of­fice.

“Peo­ple when you’re out shop­ping if you can buy a few lit­tle ex­tra Christ­mas treats – things that are non- per­ish­able – and put them in the col­lec­tion box that would be great.”

Com­man­der of 3rd Bri­gade, Scott Win­ter said the pack­ages were a wel­come sur­prise for per­son­nel who were away from their fam­i­lies dur­ing Christ­mas.

“Hav­ing been the ben­e­fi­ciary of a pack­age from a name­less Aus­tralian while over­seas, there is noth­ing more touch­ing at that time of year than to know you’ve got the back­ing of the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

“So for those sol­diers, men and women who are serv­ing over­seas next year, they cer­tainly don’t ex­pect it but you’ll ab­so­lutely be mak­ing some­one’s Christ­mas.”

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