Appealing way to gather up festive hampers
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