5 November, 2021
GIVE WHERE IT’S NEEDED MOST
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS APPEAL LAUNCHED With Christmas fast approaching, Council Mayor Mark Nolan has called for the region to provide generously this festive season by giving to where it’s needed most and donating to the 2021 Cassowary Coast Community Christmas Appeal.
“You see a lot of families and individuals struggling at this time of year, not just with Christmas and family, but also the pressure of a looming new school year.
“This Christmas we want to say, we are here for you. Over the years, we have seen locals helping locals with many people contributing to the Appeal and I thank the community for their ongoing support.
“In 2020, local businesses and the community reached deep and we raised over $10,000, which made a huge difference to the lives of many in our community. It is heart-warming to see the positive impact this has on those who need a helping hand at Christmas time,” Councillor Nolan said.
“In order to make this year’s appeal a success we invite you to donate money, gifts or toys for both adults and children – or even gift vouchers – to help our vulnerable people and bring cheer. “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 $200 will be recognised with a gift box placed under the tree and will also be publicly acknowledged by Council through local media.
“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 00000013 with Reference XMASAPP- (donors name). Local businesses- keep an eye on your mailbox for more information on how you can get involved.
The 2021 recipient groups are Cassowary Coast Uniting Church, Community Support Centre Innisfail, Empower Church Innisfail- Global Care Inc, Innisfail Youth Family Care, Salvation Army, Tully Support Centre and Wet Tropics Community Housing. For more information, please visit www.cassowarycoast.qld.gov.au or by calling 1300 763 903.