Donation saves appeal
A LAST-minute donation of $5000 to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal has saved the season for those in need.
The show of Christmas goodwill came late on Christmas Eve afternoon when the donor, who wished to remain anonymous, placed the funds in the appeal’s bank account at Wide Bay Australia.
Bundaberg Regional Council mayor Lorraine Pyefinch was surprised when she heard of the donation, which pushed the 2009 appeal total to $18,438.80 – $2000 more than the 2008 figure raised.
Cr Pyefinch said the total was an indication of the generosity of the Bundaberg community.
“It reflects on the fact that people in Bundaberg recognise it has been a hard year for many people and they can do their bit to help,” she said.
The last-minute donation was able to help revive the appeal, which was looking shaky on Wednesday afternoon with only about $13,000 in the kitty.
The aim for this year’s Mayor’s Appeal was $20,000, with funds going to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society.
Cr Pyefinch had a message for the unknown good Samaritan.
“I would certainly like to thank the anonymous donor who gave the $5000,” Cr Pyefinch said.
The mayor said as far as she was aware it was the largest donation made by an individual to this year’s Christmas appeal.
The donation came so late on Christmas Eve that not all councillors were aware of the good fortune, but Cr Pyefinch said she believed the councillors would be “surprised and pleased” at the news.
Salvation Army volunteer Don Cook said the boost would help the organisation after a tough year.
“That will go a long way to help. We’ve had a 20% rise in people coming through compared to last year,” Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook said he had a hunch the appeal would be more successful than last year, despite the harsh economic conditions.
“It was a big ask on the people to dig deeper after the fires and the floods earlier in the year,” he said.
Mr Cook said Christmas was usually the busiest time of the year for the Salvation Army.
“By the looks of this people have overspent on their credit cards this Christmas so we may have a busy January and February ahead of us,” he said.