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The Mount Gambier Community Mayor's Christmas Appeal

Local businesses, community groups, families and individuals are encouraged to consider those less fortunate this festive season and donate to the 2017 Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, with a fundraising target of $28,000.
“The appeal provides much needed support for vulnerable or isolated members of the local community at Christmas,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee said.
 
“Last year, the appeal directly assisted 584 families, 691 adults, 251 teenagers and 533 children with Christmas food hampers, vouchers or gifts.”
 
All donations to the appeal are distributed through the Christmas Cheer Program delivered by the following agencies:
·         Uniting Care 
·         ac.care 
·         Lifeline SE 
·         St Vincent De Paul 
·         The Salvation Army 
Additional coordination and support is offered through the Department for Child Protection.
All funds raised as part of the appeal are distributed within the local area, with demand for support greater than ever as the cost of living continues to rise.
 
“Sadly the number of people seeking assistance at Christmas has increased by almost 20 per cent during the past five years, reiterating challenges faced by many people within our community,” Mayor Lee said.

Why support the Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal:
·         The appeal relies solely on the support of local donors – the service is additional to the role played by local agencies and is not possible without contributions from local individuals, families, groups and businesses. 
·         Demand for support is increasing and the service is becoming stretched - while contributions from the local community have been reasonably consistent, the demand for support at Christmas has increased by almost 20% over the past five years. 
·         The appeal is a unique local initiative - 100% of the funds are sourced and distributed locally.
The City of Mount Gambier supports the Mount Gambier Community Mayor's Christmas Appeal by acting as a collection point for the agencies. Outside any fees charged by the financial institutions, 100% of your donation is distributed among the participating agencies.

Donations can be made online at www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/christmasappeal or by visiting the City of Mount Gambier customer service desk at the Civic Centre.
Any questions regarding the appeal can be made by phoning 87212 555 or by emailing city@mountgambier.sa.gov.au
Mount Gambier Central is proud to have played a significant role in supporting the fundraising for the Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal and raising awareness of the Appeal over the past eight years.
Throughout the year, all the funds raised through the collection and recycling of the centre’s cans and bottles are donated the Appeal with the help of a small team of volunteers.
Mount Gambier Central is again donating $1.00 from each photo with Santa to the Appeal. Santa photos are only $6.00 for a 6x4 photo and photo mount and a free gift for every child.
Santa will arrive at Mount Gambier Central on Saturday December 9 at 11:00am and will visit daily until Christmas Eve. You can visit Santa any day between 11:00am and 2:00pm and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm on Thursday December 14 and 21.
For more information on Santa Photos at Mount Gambier Central visit www.mountgambiercentral.com.au

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