Buy a bauble to help raise cash

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Michael Mat­tingly

IN THE true spirit of Christ­mas, Tar­get, Sheri­dan Part­ners and Unit­ingCare Aus­tralia are join­ing to­gether to help im­prove the lives of thou­sands of Aus­tralians strug­gling dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son.

Funds raised from their an­nual Christ­mas ap­peal will help the Unit­ingCare Net­work to sup­port its com­mu­nity ser­vices and pro­grams na­tion­wide.

Kyabram res­i­dents can con­trib­ute by pur­chas­ing an ap­peal bauble for $2, a white Christ­mas gift box for $3 or giv­ing an un­wrapped gift at Kyabram Tar­get on Al­lan St or Sheri­dan Part­ners on Fe­naughty St.

Vol­un­teers from the Unit­ing Care Net­work will be col­lect­ing the do­na­tions and then dis­tribut­ing them to peo­ple and fam­i­lies in need.

‘‘The team at Unit­ing is thrilled to play even a small part in such an im­por­tant com­mu­nity cam­paign and en­cour­age shop­pers to do­nate as much or as lit­tle as they can,’’ Kyabram Unit­ing vol­un­teer Judith Stone said.

Now in its 27th year, the ap­peal has been able to pro­vide valu­able as­sis­tance for hun­dreds of thou­sands of fam­i­lies across Aus­tralia.

In 2017, the ap­peal raised $700,000 na­tion­wide from 22,000 do­na­tions and that helped sup­port more than 42,000 Aus­tralian fam­i­lies.

This year or­gan­is­ers said that they hoped to reach more peo­ple who would oth­er­wise be strug­gling this Christ­mas thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port from around Aus­tralia.

The Tar­get Unit­ing Care Aus­tralia Christ­mas Ap­peal runs un­til De­cem­ber 24. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the ap­peal, and to find out about how you can do­nate on­line, you can visit unit­ing­carechrist­mas­ap­peal.com.au

OH, CHRIST­MAS TREE — Jess Howther (DVR), Carli Man­gan (Sheri­dan), Shan­non Ryan (DVR) and Karen Boyd (Water­pool).

HELP­ING HANDS — Lisa Gaw­ley, Kim Evans and Kara Chadwick joined in for the ap­peal launch.

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