Thousands of toys were donated to Brisbane based charities at Foodbank Queensland on 13 December, as part of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust Christmas appeal. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress also presented cash grants and food vouchers to help enable as many Brisbane people as possible to participate in Christmas celebrations.
Once again the Trust assisted many Brisbane charities to make Christmas special for disadvantaged children and their families. This year the Lord Mayor's Christmas Appeal raised $33,805 as a result of many generous donations from both corporate and individual supporters. As a result, the Trust was able to donate $72,655 to 46 charities across Brisbane. In addition, 33 charities shared in a total of 2483 toys, and 26 charities received Foodbank vouchers to the value of $6,500. The Trust sincerely thanks everyone who donated to this year's Christmas appeal.
Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre responds to the needs of the local community through community development work and provision of a range of services such as information and referral, crisis support, and community education in order to facilitate and enable personal and social development. A variety of group activities are held at the centre to cater to the needs of the community.
The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Foundation provide accommodation for women and children who find themselves homeless.
The indigenous Family and Child Support Service provides support and care to vulnerable members of the community by seeking suitable care arrangements for children and families who are in need.
Search Light Inc works directly with two community access schools, Southside Education in Sunnybank and the Hymba Yumba Community Hub in Springfield, to provide support for the students through funding programs to promote mental health, nutrition and general health, and wellbeing and through personal support and fundraising.
New Horizons help marginalised seniors by providing social interaction and outings.
Each year the Trust is fortunate enough to present toys generously donated by Bloomberg Incorporation Limited, and food vouchers kindly supplied by Foodbank Queensland, for charities to distribute. Foodbank supplies valuable space and assistance in sorting and storing the toys, along with providing a venue to host the presentation event. The Trustees also thank Carton Warehouse for providing boxes, and Manton Transport for the transportation of the toys.
The Trustees would also like to acknowledge the Ambassadors of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust and staff from the Lord Mayor's Administration Office, who once again helped to sort and pack the Christmas toys.