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Christmas appeal boosted by donation

Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore accepts a $1000 donation from Mareeba Rotary president Lenore Wyatt for the Mayor’s Christmas appeal.

IT’S a time for giving and Mareeba Rotary last week boosted the Mareeba Shire Mayor’s Christmas Appeal with a $1000 donation which will help bring Christmas cheer to those in need.

Each year, the Mareeba Shire Council’s Mayor’s Christmas Appeal plays a critical role in ensuring that the vulnerable and isolated people in the Mareeba Shire are able to experience the joy of Christmas.

With just 14 days until Christmas Mayor Tom Gilmore is urging residents to get behind the appeal, saying there were many people within the Mareeba Shire who needed assistance this festive season.

“In the true spirit of Christmas, Mareeba Shire Council would like to help make the festive season easier for those in need through the appeal, which exemplifies what Christmas is all about,” Cr Gilmore said.

“Assistance provided through the appeal is a gesture of goodwill and that adds a little cheer to what may be a difficult time of the year for some people in our community.”

Council distributes food vouchers to help ease the burden at what can be a stressful time for those struggling to make ends meet. The vouchers are delivered to families referred by community centres in Dimbulah, Julatten, Kuranda and Mareeba.

Cr Gilmore is encouraging those who need assistance to apply at their local community centre. For those interested in getting involved in the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, donations can be made at Council’s service centres in Mareeba and Kuranda.

People can also send their donation by cheque to Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, PO Box 154, Mareeba 4880. Make the cheque payable to MSC Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

Donations will also be accepted via online direct debit to Mayor’s Appeal Gift Fund: BSB 084-512 and Account 74-152-3490.

No food items or toys can be accepted for the appeal.

For further information, please contact the Mayor’s office on 4086 4722.

Your generous contribution will help to spread some Christmas joy to those in our community who need it the most this year and ensure everyone has a festive time.

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