Appeal falling short of target
WITH just over a week to go to the cut-off date, the community is being urged to dig deep as the Mayor's Christmas Appeal has raised less than half its target so far.
By late yesterday the total raised was only $8058, still a long way short of the target of $20,000.
The money from the appeal will be donated to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul to help them give some festive cheer to needy families in the region.
The appeal will run right up until next Friday, December 23, in an effort to help reach its target.
But the coffers did get a boost yesterday when the Bundaberg and District Chamber of Commerce stepped in to help.
Chamber president Dion Taylor handed over a cheque for $500 at its Christmas breakfast as its contribution to the annual appeal to help the needy.
As well as the $500 donation, chamber members at the breakfast gave $118.75 in individual donations.
Mr Taylor said the Mayor's Christmas Appeal was a worthy cause, especially considering some people in business in Bundaberg had fallen on tough times.
"Speaking to the Salvation Army, it's a big surprise how many people are coming to them for help this festive season for the first time," he said.
Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said the donation was very welcome.
"The chamber has always been a very strong supporter of the appeal and we're delighted that they could donate $500 this year," she said.
Community organisation Citizens Who Care has also donated $500 to the appeal.
Chairman Rob Bauer said the group donated to the "worthy cause" every year.
"You've got to help your fellow man," he said.
Donations can be made at Wide Bay Australia branches in Barolin St, Bourbong St, Hinkler Central, Sugarland Shoppingtown and Bargara, and Bundaberg Regional Council's Centres at Bundaberg, Bargara, Childers or Gin Gin.
HOW TO HELP
$1 each from sale of NewsMail calendars goes to the appeal.
Donations can be made at Wide Bay Australia branches and Bundaberg Regional Council's Centres.