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