Christ­mas ap­peal to help fam­i­lies

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­

THE Surf Club Mooloolaba has ex­tended its help­ing hand from the beach to the wider com­mu­nity with the launch of its Christ­mas Giv­ing Ap­peal.

The club re­cently un­veiled a three-me­tre Christ­mas tree, which will serve as a col­lec­tion point for food and toy do­na­tions which will go to those in need in the com­mu­nity.

Through a part­ner­ship with the Ma­roochy­dore Sal­va­tion Army, fam­i­lies across the Coast will re­ceive food and gift ham­pers with goods do­nated via the club’s ap­peal.

Gen­eral man­ager Bryan Jones said af­ter a suc­cess­ful first ap­peal last year, the club hoped this year would see even more do­na­tions.

“The mem­bers they like to get be­hind it, they like to do their part, they put nice notes on the gifts and by hav­ing nearly 27,000 mem­bers this year I be­lieve we will be over­flow­ing with gifts,” he said.

“We should never lose sight of the fact that we are a li­censed com­mu­nity club and while we pro­vide fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the surf life savers firstly, it doesn’t just stop with them.”

All do­na­tions made at the club will be passed onto the Ma­roochy­dore Sal­va­tion Army, who will dis­trib­ute it to fam­i­lies who are do­ing it tough.

Sal­va­tion Army ma­jor Sue Cox said each year thou­sands of peo­ple across the Coast ben­e­fited from do­na­tions.

“Our aim is to help those who need the help and that doesn’t just mean poor peo­ple,” she said.

“Some­time peo­ple are just strug­gling to cover the ev­ery­day stuff like bills and mort­gage or rent.”

Ma­jor Cox said the Sav­los saw it­self as the mid­dle man and it was the com­mu­nity that made Christ­mas en­joy­able for the fam­i­lies re­ceiv­ing the gift and food ham­pers.

Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted at The Surf Club Mooloolaba from now right up un­til De­cem­ber 16.

All do­nated toys must be new and un­wrapped.

Food items should be non-per­ish­able.


CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT: Bryan Jones with lifesavers Ian War­bur­ton and Kevin Lyn­chat the Surf Club Mooloolaba Christ­mas Ap­peal Launch.

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