Christ­mas ap­peals dig deep

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Far North’s big­gest tourism op­er­a­tor has joined forces with Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and lo­cal groups to help de­liver more than $12,000 of food and gifts this Christ­mas.

Coun­cil staff, Quick­sil­ver Group and Unit­ing Church vol­un­teers packed more than 50 ham­pers with food, toys and other do­nated goods at the Moss­man Shire Hall last week as part of the Mayor’s Christ­mas Ap­peal.

Quick­sil­ver’s 620 strong team also com­bined with tour desks, ho­tels, tourism op­er­a­tors and sup­pli­ers, and many other com­pa­nies to do­nate more than $12,000 as part of their 15th an­nual Christ­mas char­ity ap­peal.

Sal­va­tion Army and St Vin­cent de Paul were the re­cip­i­ents of this year’s do­na­tions.

“The over­whelm­ing sup­port and gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try and friends of tourism con­tin­ues to amaze and im­press us,” Quick­sil­ver Group man­ag­ing direc­tor Tony Baker said.

“Our re­gion is known for their gen­eros­ity and again this shows in the in­cred­i­ble amount of food and gifts that has been re­ceived for char­i­ties in need at Christ­mas.

“Ev­ery­thing do­nated will cer­tainly help make this Christ­mas much hap­pier for a lot of fam­i­lies and peo­ple.”

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the ap­peal made sure ev­ery Dou­glas fam­ily had an op­por­tu­nity for some Christ­mas cheer.

“A big thank you to our gen­er­ous donors – ev­ery lit­tle bit helps to take some weight off our lo­cal fam­i­lies who are do­ing it a bit tough this Christ­mas,” she said.

“We all know Christ­mas is a re­ally spe­cial time for giv­ing and this is a whole of com­mu­nity ef­fort to bring this to­gether.”

“It was great to have lo­cal busi­nesses and our hard­work­ing Dou­glas com­mu­nity groups sup­port this ini­tia­tive.”

Mr Baker said Quick­sil­ver would con­tinue its on­go­ing in­vest­ment and thanked the ‘lo­cal tourism com­mu­nity’ for open­ing their hearts for a great cause this year.

Moss­man Sup­port Ser­vices, Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and Goobidi Home and Com­mu­nity Care were in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing the Mayor’s Christ­mas Ap­peal.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu, Quick­sil­ver and Wavedancer sales ex­ec­u­tive Leigh Brown and Quick­sil­ver's Re­becca Kenny.

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