Fam­i­lies blessed by Ro­tary gifts

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE BUSINESS -

THE gen­eros­ity of the Ma­roochy­dore Ro­tary Club has helped Paul Mackay and his fam­ily en­joy a proper Christ­mas af­ter a tough year.

“We’ve had a tough year and slowly I’ve been get­ting back on my feet but I’m not in a po­si­tion where I could have af­forded to pro­vide my fam­ily with a Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion,” he said.

The fa­ther and his six chil­dren were one of 10 fam­i­lies cho­sen by the Sal­va­tion Army Ma­roochy­dore to re­ceive Christ­mas food ham­pers do­nated by the Ma­roochy­dore Ro­tary Club.

Sal­va­tion Army fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lor Deb­bie Rob­bie said the fam­i­lies were se­lected due to the hard work they’d shown through­out the year in over­com­ing their is­sues.

“The 10 fam­i­lies have all hit hard times for one rea­son or another and they’ve all worked re­ally hard to take the steps needed to get back on their feet,” she said.

“For many of them they are so close to be­ing back on track and hav­ing to worry about Christ­mas would throw a span­ner in the works, so we said to them, ‘let us bless you and help you out with this’.”

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Paul Scott said hav­ing the chance to hand the ham­pers to the fam­i­lies was spe­cial for the club.

“We do a lot of fundrais­ers where we don’t ac­tu­ally get to see the im­pact it has on the peo­ple re­ceiv­ing,” he said.

“But hand­ing these ham­pers over it’s spe­cial to see and talk to the peo­ple we are help­ing. It warms the heart, it re­ally does.”

PHOTO: DANIELLE FORD

GIV­ING GIFTS: Vicki Cooper, Paul Mackay and Paul Scott.

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