MERRY CHRIST­MAS

As the tem­per­a­ture rises, there’s ‘snow’ rea­son why the Tweed shouldn’t have some fes­tive fun

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­[email protected]­dai­lynews.com.au

IT’S the time of year for giv­ing and Gold Coast Air­port have brought a lit­tle joy to char­i­ties ahead of Christ­mas.

Gold Coast and Tweed based char­i­ties have re­ceived an un­ex­pected do­na­tion into their bank ac­counts from Gold Coast Air­port.

A to­tal of 26 lo­cal char­i­ties will ben­e­fit from the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of money and jew­ellery left un­claimed in the ter­mi­nal in re­cent years, with a com­bined to­tal of $20,000 do­nated.

Gold Coast Air­port Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer Mar­ion Charl­ton said al­though it was al­ways dis­ap­point­ing when valu­able goods were left be­hind, it was re­ward­ing to be able to give back to those most in need.

“While we do every­thing we can to try to re­unite lost prop­erty with its rightful owner, some­times it just isn’t pos­si­ble and we donate those goods to char­ity,” Ms Charl­ton said.

“So, we had a won­der­ful prob­lem to solve to­gether – what to do with the money and jew­ellery left un­claimed over the years.

“We asked our team to nom­i­nate their favourite lo­cal char­i­ties, with Christ­mas just around the corner, it’s a great time to be able to do some­thing small to help those most in need.

“While it is aw­ful to lose your things, we hope this do­na­tion at least achieves some­thing pos­i­tive for the com­mu­nity.

“Our ter­mi­nal team put in a lot of time and ef­fort into man­ag­ing lost prop­erty and our fi­nance team help to man­age the money – every lit­tle bit helps.”

A to­tal of $19,674.01 in loose change and lost jew­ellery has been col­lected in re­cent years, with Gold Coast Air­port round­ing up the fund to the $20,000 mark be­fore do­nat­ing to 26 char­i­ties.

The fund­ing con­tri­bu­tion comes in ad­di­tion to the monthly do­na­tion of prop­erty left be­hind in the ter­mi­nal such as cloth­ing, prams and sun­glasses, to lo­cal home­less char­ity ‘You Have a Friend’, which sup­ports the home­less with food drops and other sup­port.

An­i­mal Wel­fare League Qld Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Denise Bradley said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was over the moon when the sur­prise $1000 from Gold Coast Air­port landed in their bank ac­count.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

En­joy­ing the fun at Tweed Seag­ulls pop up in­door Ice Rink and White Christ­mas play ground ; hav­ing fun with Santa are Char­lie, Jimmy and Ge­or­gia.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

GIFT: Bec Byrnes from the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of QLD and Gold Coast Air­port C.O.O. Mar­ion Charl­ton cel­e­brate ahead of Christ­mas with Santa and Mrs Clause.

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