Christ­mas gen­eros­ity will leave many rapt

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

Lo­cal com­mu­nity groups have united to spread fes­tive cheer to needy fam­i­lies with the third an­nual Hed­land Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Sup­port Pro­gram.

Christ­mas sup­port will be de­liv­ered to se­lected res­i­dents who have reg­is­tered with ser­vice and wel­fare agen­cies from De­cem­ber 10-20.

Last year’s cam­paign helped 109 fam­i­lies across Hed­land, with toys from the Kmart South Hed­land Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal and $30 Coles Food Only gift cards.

“With the col­lec­tive ef­forts of all agen­cies and ser­vices this year, in light of the ad­di­tional gen­er­ous sup­port re­ceived, we are aim­ing to pro­vide sup­port for 150 vul­ner­a­ble and at-risk fam­i­lies res­i­dent in Port and South Hed­land,” Blood­wood Tree chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelly Howlett said.

This year the cam­paign is be­ing boosted by sup­port from Kmart South Hed­land’s Wish­ing Tree Ap­peal, Sal­va­tion Army Kar­ratha, Lot­tery­west, FMG and Roy Hill.

“Roy Hill is proud to be part of this pro­gram sup­port­ing Hed­land fam­i­lies. Blood­wood Tree has done an im­por­tant job in co-or­di­nat­ing this as­sis­tance,” Roy Hill’s head of rail op­er­a­tions Stuart Har­ri­son said.

FMG’s Hed­land op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Fer­nando Pereira said: “All of us at Fortes­cue are happy that the growth and de­vel­op­ment of our com­pany al­lows us to sup­port Blood­wood Tree in bright­en­ing up Christ­mas for peo­ple in need.”

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in­clude St Vin­cent de Paul, Hed­land Well Women’s Cen­tre, Ash­bur­ton Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion, Mis­sion Aus­tralia Pil­bara, Wir­raka Maya Abo­rig­i­nal Health Ser­vice, Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice, IBN, Port Hed­land Women’s Refuge and Blood­wood Tree.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Com­mu­nity lead­ers gather for the launch of the Hed­land Com­mu­nity Christ­mas As­sis­tance Pro­gram.

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