NewsMail general manager Wayne Tomkins, Wide Bay Australia’s Marissa Rehbein, Chamber of Commerce representative Dion Taylor, NewsMail editor Christina Ongley, Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch, Salvation Army chaplain Don Cook and Southern Cross Ten’s Amanda York are all looking forward to this year’s Christmas Appeal.
NewsMail general manager Wayne Tomkins, Wide Bay Australia’s Marissa Rehbein, Chamber of Commerce representative Dion Taylor, NewsMail editor Christina Ongley, Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch, Salvation Army chaplain Don Cook and Southern Cross Ten’s Amanda York are all looking forward to this year’s Christmas Appeal. Mike Knott

Appeal to help the needy

SLEIGH bells will be heard in Bundaberg in just two short months, but for some they will not be bringers of cheer.

As Christmas rapidly approaches, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul are both facing one of their busiest years.

Fortunately, help is on its way with the annual Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, launched yesterday.

“It’s really a great help because we never know how many people we are going to have to help each year,” Salvation Army chaplain Don Cook said.

“With the high unemployment and everyday expenses going up, people haven’t got enough for extras at Christmas.”

Money raised from the appeal will be used to help provide food hampers, vouchers, toys and gifts to help see those in need through the Christmas period.

Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she was confident the appeal would reach this year’s $20,000 target after reaching $19,000 last year.

“Last year was a really difficult year economically. We understand things are certainly still tight, we understand the need is out there and encourage people to give what they can,” she said.

Cr Pyefinch said the council was encouraging clubs, workplaces and service groups to get in on the appeal.

“If you are having a Christmas function, pass the hat around — every little bit counts,” she said.

Donations to the appeal can be made at any branch of Wide Bay Australia or any Bundaberg Regional Council centre.



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