Mayor’s Christmas Appeal

While Christmas is a joyous time for many, there are others in our community who struggle through the festive season.

Tablelands Regional Council Mayor Rod Marti believes Christmas is a great time to consider the less fortunate in our community.

‘Not everyone has money to spare, especially at Christmas time, and some just have trouble making ends meet, but with a small donation to the Mayor’s Community Christmas Appeal you can make a difference to people and families in need.

‘Drop cash into the donation tins at any of our customer service centres or deposit funds into the Tablelands Regional Council Community Christmas Appeal Gift Trust — BSB 084 512, Account Number 144 690 848 (put your name in the description).

‘Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

‘Get the family or workplace together to make a joint donation.

‘Donations will be used to provide food vouchers for use in local supermarkets to people in need in our community.

‘Last year 119 vouchers were distributed, valued at nearly $8000.

‘These will be distributed by emergency relief agencies — Better Together Community Hub, Eacham Community Help Organisation (ECHO) Empowering Services, St Vincent de Paul Society in Atherton and Ravenshoe, Salvation Army in Tolga and Herberton, and Ravenshoe Community Centre.

‘You can also drop off non-perishable food items to these organisations:

Better Together Community Hub
38 Mabel Street, Atherton
9.00am–3.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

ECHO Empowering Services
11–15 Eacham Place, Malanda
9.00am–4.00pm Monday–Friday

Ravenshoe Community Centre
3 Bolton Street, Ravenshoe
9.00am–3.00pm Monday–Friday

St Vincent de Paul Society
Railway Lane, Atherton
8.30am–2.00pm Monday and Wednesday

72 Grigg Street, Ravenshoe
9.00am–2.00pm Wednesday–Friday

Salvation Army
89 Kennedy Highway, Tolga
9.00am–2.45pm Monday–Friday

47 Grace Street, Herberton
9.00am–2.00pm Monday–Friday.

Tablelands Regional Council Customer Service Centres and Atherton Library.

‘Donations of new toys (not handmade) for children up to 12 years can be dropped at the Tolga Salvation Army store.

‘A simple gesture can make all the difference to a struggling person or family,’ said Mayor Marti.