Appeal in need of Christmas spirit
MAYOR Lorraine Pyefinch fears the annual Mayor’s Christmas Appeal has got off to a slow start since it kicked off on October 30.
The funds have reached just over $1300, leaving $18,700 still needed to reach the target of $20,000 before December 21.
“It hasn’t been the best start, but we would certainly like people to consider raising funds at events and workplace functions and support the appeal where they can,” Cr Pyefinch said.
Funds will go to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul to aid struggling Bundaberg residents.
Cr Pyefinch said the organisations had seen an increase in people seeking aid this year.
“Between January and August this year, more than 6000 people have been assisted by the Salvation Army and St Vincent De Paul Society welfare agencies,” she said.
“With the financial crisis this year, and loss of many jobs, we can expect a big increase in the number of people needing to access help this Christmas.”
Last year’s appeal saw more than $17,000 handed out in toys, vouchers and food..
Cr Pyefinch is encouraging the community to get behind the cause.
“We should all consider people less fortunate than ourselves during the holiday period,” she said.DONATIONS WELCOME
- To donate to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, visit your nearest Wide Bay Australia branch or head to any Bundaberg Regional Council office or service centre and keep your eye out for local businesses with specially marked collection tins.