Bundaberg Regional Council has joined sponsors and the community to boost the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal in an effort to provide 500 food hampers to residents in need this Christmas.
Council voted at its Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 28 November to donate $10,000 to the appeal.
With new bronze sponsor Enterprise and Training Company also joining the funding drive and a generous donation from Inner Wheel Bundaberg Sunset, the fundraising tally is nudging closer to $50,000.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said it wasn’t too late for more sponsors and donors to come on board.
“We increased the goal to 500 hampers, as we know from our supporting charities that there is more demand for their services this year,” he said.
“The charities have been working throughout the year to support the community and through the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal, we are able to assist them at this busy time of year.
“I encourage everyone to give if they can, whether it’s buying a collectable Christmas bauble for $10 or making a donation or becoming a business sponsor.”
Bronze sponsor Enterprise and Training Company Operations Manager Marissa Austin said the team wanted to support the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal to help bring smiles and hope to others.
“As this is our second year of operation in Bundaberg, we want to be a part of the community spirit, growth and foster deep relationships for years to come,” Marissa said.
“Christmas is a time of family, reflection and community spirit.
“It’s a time we recognise and support all people and bring hope to those around us who are going through challenging times ensuring they feel and know, they are not forgotten.
“My hope is that the families feel heard, supported and loved.”
Mayor Dempsey said over 60 people had already registered to help pack the hampers, which will be happening at the Recreational Precinct on Tuesday 12 December.
“We are going to have a terrific time packing the hampers, and making sure they are distributed to our charity partners for delivery to residents in time for Christmas,” he said.