Christ­mas has come

North West Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

Hed­land res­i­dents are get­ting a help­ing hand for their Christ­mas prepa­ra­tions, with lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal group, Care for Hed­land of­fer­ing to wrap shop­per’s presents for a fifth year.

Vol­un­teers started wrap­ping fes­tive gifts, 10am to 5pm last Tues­day in the South Hed­land Square shop­ping cen­tre and will con­tinue un­til Christ­mas Eve for the gold coin do­na­tion fundraiser.

Julie Arif, who wrapped gifts last year said the fundraiser raised about $5000 in 2017 and their ef­forts re­ceived do­nated ma­te­ri­als from Kmart and Hed­land Em­po­rium.

“Peo­ple haven’t started their shop­ping in earnest yet. It grad­u­ally builds to­wards Christ­mas,” she said.

“We’re look­ing for vol­un­teers who can jump be­hind the counter and we’ll find a space.

Ms Arif said the fund­ing went to­wards many en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams or­gan­ised by Care for Hed­land, mostly re­gard­ing the con­ser­va­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of lo­cal flat­back tur­tles.

Julie Arif and Amy Winn wrap­ping presents for Hed­land res­i­dents.

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