The Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal is doing well so far this year, despite hardships faced by both businesses and individuals due to COVID-19. This is all thanks to local businesses and individuals banding togeteher.
Fundraising Efforts for the Appeal
In total, with only 10 weeks left until Santa visits, almost $50,000 has been raised for the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal! More than $16,000 of this was raised through ticket sales for the inaugural 5-Star Chefs for Charity event on November 7 at the Hilton Cairns. In addition, Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise also raised $3,000 thanks to the Palm Cove Markets, where collection buckets were put out for the appeal.
Other organisations and businesses that have donated include:
- Adllins Media
- Babinda Electrics
- CA Architects Pty Ltd
- Cairns Aquarium
- Chapman Foundation
- FGF Bitumen Pty Ltd
- Fortis Numbers
- Grant Thornton Cairns
- Heightened Security Solutions
- i-LEC Solutions
- JP Foyle Contractors
- LDI Constructions
- Lions Club of Cairns
- Lotsa Print & Signage
- Panebianco Enterprises Pty Ltd
- Preston Law
- Project Hardware and Doors
- Richard Field Constructions
- Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise
- Samark North Qld Pty Ltd
- Totally Workwear
- Traffic Services
- Trinity Auto Group
- Union Jack Hotel
- Vis Constructions Pty Ltd
The Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal in Previous Years versus 2020
In recent years the Council delivered roughly 700 hampers through the Appeal, which required fundraising of nearly $70,000. These hampers provide basic meals and staples, which more people than ever will need this year due to the coronavirus.
“It’s all about locals helping locals and we are asking the community to dig deep, give generously and show those experiencing hardship that we care. “Every cent donated to the charity goes to buying food supplies for the hampers,” says Cairns Mayor Bob Manning.
“It is amazing what a hamper means to recipients; it really makes their day.
“These organisations, along with countless individuals who have already donated to the appeal, are demonstrating what it means to be part of a caring community.”
How Can I Help?
You can share the love and Christmas spirit by donating to buy a hamper. Through donating, $65.00 will provide a hamper for a family and just $35.00 will provide a senior with a hamper. Or, you can donate a select amount to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal on the Regional Council’s website.