Mayor Kerr launches Christmas charity drive

Douglas Shire Council


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Mayor MIchael Kerr and Santa Claus flanked by Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre's Megan Blacklow (L) and Mossman Support Services' Holly Todd (R). Image: supplied
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Santa Claus made a special visit to Mossman to help launch the 2021 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

The jolly man in the red suit joined Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr and community group representatives to help drum up donations leading into the festive season.

All money raised will go directly towards food hampers that will be provided for eligible residents of the Douglas Shire.

Mayor Kerr said he was eager to top the $10,000 mark the appeal raised last year.

“Let’s all pull together to see out a tough year for many people in our region,” he said.

“If you are sitting fairly secure, I am asking you to join the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal by donating money to go towards food hampers. Every dollar raised goes towards buying essential items for people and families who may not be in a position to enjoy a festive season this year.

“Hampers provide enough food and cheer for a decent Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as basic staples to ensure there is enough to go round over the Christmas period.”

Council is working with Mossman Support Services, Mossman Elders Justice Group, Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, Goobidi Home Care Services, Goobidi Bamanga Community Advancement Cooperative Society, Interdenominational Ministers Association and the Christian Mission Fellowship International to assist and launch the appeal.

How to donate

An online donation portal is available for people to donate money to the appeal, and donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Council will also have collection points around the shire and will be seeking un-opened children’s presents and toys for kids of all ages, as well as pet food and adult luxury items.


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