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Not too late to give the gift of Christmas

Karl Hofman from South Coast Floor Coverings, Rhonda Maher from St Vincent de Paul, Christie Crowley and Leanne Kennedy from Anglicare Wollongong with a few of the donations collected for the City of Wollongong Giving Tree appeal.

IT’S not too late to give the gift of Christmas to a child and family in need this holiday season.

The Wollongong City Council Giving Tree appeal is open for online donation up until Saturday December 19, with all online donations received will be distributed to our communities in need, via Anglicare and St Vincent de Paul Society to assist in the purchasing of food and gifts.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the Giving Tree and the Bikers’ Toy Run were an important Wollongong tradition that gave back to those in need for Christmas.

“This year has been a difficult one for all of us and sadly there are too many families and children that go without presents during Christmas,” Cr Bradbery said.

“By giving a little to the Giving Tree appeal you can bring a piece of Christmas magic and fun to a local child’s life.

“We’re doing things a little differently this year due to COVID-19. All of the physical toys that have already been donated are in ‘toy’ quarantine before being passed on to Anglicare and St Vincent de Paul Society.”

Although present collection locations are now closed to physical donations, community members can still make an online donation to the City’s Giving Tree Appeal. You can make an online donation directly by visiting the Wollongong City Council website.

“Although we’ve already received hundreds of donations, with disruptions from COVID-19 restrictions we haven’t yet collected our target number of gifts and donations. The good news is that there’s still time to make an online donation and it’s simple to do,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Your donated funds will be used to meet the shortfall in the quantity of gifts received as well as make sure there’s something suitable for every age group. Online donations will also be used to pay for Christmas dinner for families in need.

“It doesn’t take much to bring joy to a child in need. I encourage everyone to consider making an online donation so that we can make sure every child in our community can wake up to something special on Christmas morning.”

Online donations will be collected until Saturday December 19 2020. Online donations to the City of Wollongong Giving Tree appeal can be made via Council’s website.


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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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