Christmas generosity will leave many rapt
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.
Community leaders gather for the launch of the Hedland Community Christmas Assistance Program.