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.
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.
Assessment forms are available at the local welfare agencies listed below. Residents should complete the forms and return them to their respective community centre by Friday 8 December 2017. The community centres will then distribute food vouchers to the residents in time for Christmas.
Mareeba Community Centre Inc.
14 Sutherland Street, Mareeba QLD 4880
Phone: 4092 1948
Dimbulah Community Centre
Phone: 4093 5444
Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre
6 Rob Veivers Drive, Kuranda QLD 4881
Phone: 4093 8933
Julatten Community Centre
Brown Road, Julatten QLD 4871
Phone: 4094 2037
Donations to the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal 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.
Mayor’s Appeal Gift Fund:
No food items or toys can be accepted for the appeal.
Further information, please contact the Mayor’s office on 4086 4722.