Huge boost for Mayor's Appeal
BUNDABERG has gotten right behind the Christmas spirit, giving thousands of dollars to the Mayor's Christmas Appeal in less than a week.
The appeal total was sitting at just more than $8050 on Tuesday, but by Friday afternoon that total had ballooned to $14,773.
The boost came courtesy of a number of large donations including the councillors' fine jar and a $300 donation from the Cane2Coral fun run.
Cane2Coral race director Kerry Short said the Mayor's Christmas Appeal was an obvious candidate for the charity run to donate funds to.
"We try to keep all the money in the community," he said.
"It's our way of saying thanks and we are more than happy to support a cause like this one."
The money donated was just a small fraction of what has been raised for charities across the region by the fun run.
Bundaberg mayor Lorraine Pyefinch was pleased with how much money had come in over the past few days.
"We have a slow start but this have picked up quite a lot," she said.
"I think it was probably the fact that a lot of people have had a number of events, like Go Christmassy, and have just now started to bank the money."
Cr Pyefinch said she was confident the appeal would reach the lofty $20,000 target.
"We still have another week to go," she said.
"I am still very hopeful that we will manage to get another number of substantial donations come through."
Cr Pyefinch said she was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the community is such a tough economic climate.
One of the recent substantial donations included more than $410 from the councillor's fine jar.
Cr Pyefinch said throughout the year councillors were required to place money in the jar for indiscretions such as having their mobile phone ring during meetings or less than savoury language.
"It's a bit of fun and the money goes to a good cause," Cr Pyefinch said.
Money raised from the appeal goes to the Bundaberg Salvation Army and Bundaberg St Vincent de Paul to help them provide for the needy over the Christmas period.
Donations to the appeal can be banked at any Wide Bay Australia branch in the region or be left at any Bundaberg Regional Council office.