Charity sale for Christmas cheer

AS the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal creeps toward its $20,000 target, the NewsMail is hoping to give the balance a boost with an auction of sporting memorabilia and art.

A Wallabies football signed by Wendell Sailor, a signed Gold Coast Titans jersey and a painting by Aboriginal artist Susan Lawson will be up for auction, and NewsMail general manager Wayne Tomkins said he hoped the community would get behind the event.

“This is a great opportunity to raise funds for those less fortunate,” he said.
“Hopefully it will help us to hit the magic $20,000 target.”

Those wanting to place bids on the items can do so by calling the NewsMail up until the auction ends at 2pm on December 21.

Mr Tomkins said community support for the auction had already been great, with the jersey being donated by SeaFM and the other items donated by Salvation Army chaplain Don Cook.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch said she was looking forward to seeing how the auction went as a first-time event.

“It’s something new for the appeal,” Cr Pyefinch said.
“I do hope the community gets involved.”

With the Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce giving the appeal a $500 boost this morning, the mayor said the fundraising goal was even closer with a tally of $14,957.24.

“I think we’re doing really well considering the difficult economic situation,” Cr Pyefinch said.
“It’s really encouraging that people can be so generous.
“It reflects the respect the community has for St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army.”

The appeal will wrap up on December 24, when donations will be made to the charities.
“There’s still another two-and-a-half weeks to go and we’ve got $6000 left to raise,” Cr Pyefinch said.

“We would certainly encourage anyone thinking of doing something to go ahead.”
To place a bid on the auction items, phone 4153 8555.
 



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