Ap­peal­ing way to gather up fes­tive ham­pers

The Weekend Post - - News - AN­DREA FALVO

BUSI­NESSES in Cairns have al­ready do­nated more than $24,000 to­wards food ham­pers for res­i­dents do­ing it tough this com­ing fes­tive sea­son.

The 2018 Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Ap­peal was launched yes­ter­day and 16 busi­nesses gave gen­er­ously on day one.

Mayor Bob Man­ning said the aim was to raise $65,000 to fund 700 ham­pers for peo­ple in need of some fes­tive cheer.

“We’ve had a great start to the fundrais­ing, but we still have a long way,” he said.

“Christ­mas is still a few months away but many of us are prob­a­bly al­ready plan­ning what we’ll be do­ing with our time off or what presents we’re go­ing to buy our loved ones.

“But sadly, not ev­ery­one looks for­ward to the fes­tive sea­son.

“While it might seem like a small ges­ture, the do­na­tion of a food ham­per stocked with fam­ily favourites can make Christ­mas Day a lit­tle merrier for those who might oth­er­wise go with­out.”

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s an­nual Christ­mas e-card com­pe­ti­tion has also been launched, open to chil­dren aged 13 and un­der.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate to the the 2018 Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Ap­peal, visit coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vice of­fices in the Spence St Ad­min­is­tra­tion Cen­tre or log on to www.cairns.qld.gov.au

GIFTED: Coun­cil­lor John Schilling and Rachel Bradley at the 2018 Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Ap­peal launch yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: AN­DREA FALVO

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