North Bundaberg State High School students have donated 168 hampers for the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.
North Bundaberg State High School students have donated 168 hampers for the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal. SUBMITTED

Carols raise funds for appeal

GIN Gin residents will be singing for a reason much bigger than fun at the local Carols by Candlelight, with proceeds to be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

Despite many generous donations from groups, businesses and individuals around the region, unfortunately the appeal is well short of its $20,000 target.

The carols will be held on Saturday from 6pm, with an open invitation to everyone in the region, and is one of several events hoped to boost the appeal’s funds, which currently stand at $9794.75

The Rum City Silver Band Annual Mayoral Concert has raised $550 for the appeal, and the students of Bundaberg North High School have donated a whopping 168 hampers.

One of the organisers of Carols by Candlelight, Eddie Stone, was unsure how much money the event could raise but hoped it would significantly assist the appeal.

“It all depends on how deep their (attendees) pockets are,” he said.

“Last year we donated half of our proceeds raised to the Salvation Army and the Bundaberg Regional Council, but this year we have decided to just donate to the mayor’s appeal.”

Organisers are hoping the concert will attract the region’s youth.

“Last year we had around a 300-plus turnout and we are hoping for at least the same,” he said.

“We are concentrating on youth, so we are hoping that parents bring their kids along.”

The festivities will begin with a sausage sizzle at 6pm, with carols starting at 7pm. Food and drinks will be available and seating provided.

“There will be plenty of chairs and seating in the showgrounds, but if they wish, people can bring a rug,” Mr Stone said.

Mayor’s Christmas Appeal

THE Mayor’s Christmas Appeal is held annually to help Bundaberg region residents in need.

To donate, visit your local Wide Bay Australia branch or the Bundaberg Regional Council office.



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