Friendlies Good360 efforts spread Christmas cheer

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Nathan Neill, Maria Ebert (The Friendlies Foundation) and Glen Bond.

Thousands of dollars in gifts will be donated to Bundaberg families in need this Christmas, thanks to a Good360 program partnership between The Friendlies and other local charities.

Thanks to the Good360 program, The Friendlies Foundation secured more than $6000 in toys and school hats which have been handed over to Angels Community Group and CentacareCQ for dispersal.

After working with Good360 last year, The Friendlies Foundation Public Relations Officer Maria Ebert said The Friendlies wanted to offer this support to local charities once again.

“This time of year is notoriously hard for some families and the charities that support them,” Mrs Ebert said.

“So anything we can do to help lighten their load, we are pleased to do.”

Mrs Ebert said The Friendlies Good360 partnership was pleased to donate 63 gifts for infants through to teens, valued at almost $3300, to Angels Community Group.

“It was a pleasure to support Angels Community Group last year and we are so pleased to be able to do this again,” she said.

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Presents galore: Angels Community Group donations with Maria Ebert from The Friendlies Foundation and Tunja Cottier from Angels Community Group.

“We know that these toys can go a long way to making Christmas Day special for a number of Bundaberg families who may otherwise have to go without, so we are happy we can work with Angels Community Group to distribute these to people in need.”

CentacareCQ also received 160 new school hats, valued at $1800, to go towards their School Savvy Initiative.

“This is a new initiative in Bundaberg to help take the financial pressure off families as they prepare to go back-to-school in the new year, and we are so happy to lend our support,” she said.

In addition to helping through Good360, The Friendlies is also operating as a collection point for School Savvy, collecting good-quality second-hand uniforms and pencil case packs.

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More than $1100 was also donated in gifts and school hats to other smaller regional schools.