Ray of hope thanks to Christ­mas present drive

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

UN­DER­PRIV­I­LEGED fam­i­lies will have some­thing spe­cial to smile about thanks to a Christ­mas present drive by Ray White Whit­sun­day.

Ray White joined forces with Ro­tary Air­lie Beach to col­lect gifts for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren this Christ­mas sea­son as part of Ray White’s na­tional Lit­tle Ray of Giv­ing ini­tia­tive.

Whit­sun­day Cri­sis and Coun­selling Ser­vice (WCCS) were the bene­fac­tors of the kind do­na­tions and will dis­trib­ute them to needy fam­i­lies right in time for Christ­mas.

From mid-Novem­ber, Ray White staff and the lo­cal com­mu­nity have been con­tribut­ing to this cam­paign for the less for­tu­nate by wrap­ping up a child’s gift and pop­ping the gift un­der the tree at the Ray White Whit­sun­day of­fice in Can­non­vale. Ray White busi­ness man­age­ment as­sis­tant Cas­sid he Mol­loy said she was thrilled to the re­sponse to the Lit­tle Ray of Giv­ing pro­gram, with 80 presents sit­ting proudly un­der Ray White’s Christ­mas tree in their foyer.

“We re­ceived a lot more do­na­tions than we thought and it’s the first year we have held our own present drive,” he said.

Ray White ran this ini­tia­tive across Aus­tralia and New Zealand last De­cem­ber and had over 100 of­fices col­lect­ing gifts for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ro­tary and WCCS col­lected the presents on Mon­day af­ter­noon and thanked Ray White Whit­sun­day and the com­mu­nity for all their sup­port.

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Car­men Bekker (WCCS), Cas­sidhe Mol­loy and Mark Beale from Ray White Whit­sun­day, Denise Norder (Ro­tary) and Cathy Thomp­son (WCCS) with some of the presents from the Lit­tle Ray of Hope Christ­mas ap­peal.

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