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5 November, 2020


With less than two months until Christmas, Council has put out the call to the region to help those less fortunate this festive season by donating to the 2020 Cassowary Coast Community Christmas Appeal.

Councillor Mark Nolan, Mayor, Cassowary Coast Regional Council; Annette Gill, Cassowary Coast Uniting Church; Natasha Obah, Community Support Centre Innisfail; Angela McKinstry, Wet Tropics Community Housing; Anita Laksa, Innisfail Youth and Family Care; Travis Ambrum, Harvest Church, David Dobbie, Salvation Army; Leon Zahmel, Wet Tropics Community Housing (Absent: Tully Support Centre)

Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor Mark Nolan encouraged local organisations and the community to get behind the appeal.

Councillor Nolan said due to the impacts of Covid-19, his first Christmas appeal as Mayor will be like no other year.

“Christmas is a hard time for many and this year even more people are doing it tough. The appeal is a great way for locals to help locals and to bring some cheer to 2020.

“Last year we raised almost $6,000 and this year, I am hoping the community will dig deep and help us reach our target of $10,000,” Councillor Nolan said.

“For just $2, people can buy a golden star from Council offices in Innisfail, Tully and Cardwell.

“These stars are then hung on our Council Christmas Tree to celebrate the contribution made. Donations over $500 will be recognised with a gift box placed under the tree and will also be publicly acknowledged by Council through local media.

“This year, we are not just asking for cash donations but also asking businesses to consider donating gift vouchers towards the appeal.

“Your donation will help bring some joy and put the ‘merry’ back into Christmas across our region.

“100% of funds raised go towards assisting individuals, families and children in our region. We have partnered with local charities who will distribute the funds to residents identified as needing a helping hand this Christmas,” he said.

Donations can also be made by EFT to Cassowary Coast Regional Council BSB 064818 Account number 00090047 with reference XMASAPP- (donors name).

Local businesses- keep an eye on your mailbox for more information on how you can get involved.

For more information, please visit or by calling 1300 763 903.

The appeal will be open until 21 December 2020.


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