The MAKI Print workshop at Community Lifestyle Support is in full swing, with the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal bauble creations underway thanks to a generous donation from Sunshine Mitre 10 Bundaberg.
The local business has donated sheets of plywood to be transformed into beautiful decorations by the team at Maki Space for Bundaberg Regional Council Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal fundraiser.
It's the second year the baubles have been crafted.
The decorations are sold to the community in the lead up to Christmas as a fundraiser to ensure every local family in need receives hampers filled to the brim with festive goodies.
They will be available to purchase by the end of October for $10 each at Council offices and participating organisations Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres, Angels Community Group, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul and more.
Sunshine Mitre 10 Bundaberg's retail manager Laurence Moidon said contributing to the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal was something he and his team were proud of.
“We love to be able to give back to the community and this is a fantastic opportunity to support our locals that are less fortunate at Christmas time,” Laurence said.
“To be able to bring some cheer and hopefully help families that are finding it tough, this will hopefully make for a little more brighter and memorable Christmas.”
MAKI Print graphic designer Jenni Miners said 1000 double-sided baubles were being crafted out of the ply.
Jenni and her team will laser on a special Christmas design created by Bundaberg Regional Council.
“We are hoping to laser 100 baubles per day which will involve lasering one side, cutting out and then flipping each bauble by hand to then laser the final side,” she said.
“Once the baubles have been lasered, Sue from MAKI Print will sand and clean each bauble which will be packaged up and then delivered to Bundaberg Regional Council.”
Jenni said she and the rest of the team were thrilled to be part of the Bundaberg Regional Council project.
“This is a full circle community project as MAKI Print is a not-for-profit social enterprise created by local charity Community Lifestyle Support,” she said.
“The support we receive to create the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal baubles goes straight back into supporting the local Bundaberg community.
“Then the proceeds from the Bundaberg community supporting the appeal also goes to supporting the community.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey thanked the two organisations for their ongoing support.
“Without the assistance from Mitre 10, MAKI Print and all of the wonderful organisations coming on board to sponsor the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal, this simply would not be possible,” he said.
“These baubles, which will soon be available for the public to purchase, will be a beautiful reminder of the festive season while helping to support those most vulnerable in our community.”
Find out more about the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal here.