Helping the less fortunate - Richard Hardaker, of the Salvation Army, Wendy Scarlett, of AMP and Andrew Norris, of BCS.
Helping the less fortunate - Richard Hardaker, of the Salvation Army, Wendy Scarlett, of AMP and Andrew Norris, of BCS. Blainey Woodham

Businesses fundraise for the needy

BAY Street businesses have banded together to donate more than $2000 to the needy this Christmas.

For the past seven years, the business community of the Tweed Central Business District has raised about $12,500 for a variety of causes and this year gave a record $2076 to the Salvation Army.

Wendy Scarlett, financial planner with AMP Advice Solutions said most of the businesses who donated were small, sole-trader operations.

“In a year where a lot of traders are feeling the pinch due to the Global Economic Crisis it says a lot that they care enough to support people in desperate situations,” she said.

“There are a lot of people in desperate financial situations this year and it is good for people to know we give back to the community.”

“We have got a great community spirit in this street between all the businesses.”

Richard Hardaker, welfare worker with Salvation Army on the Tweed said donations at Christmas time were appreciated.

“It is probably the biggest help at this time of year. People survive in day-to-day situations throughout the year and to be able to give their children gifts for Christmas gives the families an extra boost,” Mr Hardaker said.

“This Christmas, so far we have seen 75 families and next week will probably be our busiest week.”

Ms Scarlett said a donation from new business to the area, Body Corporate Services (BCS), had been appreciated.

Andrew Norris, branch manager of the Coolangatta Tweed office of (BCS) said the money was for a good cause.

“We are new to this street and wanted to show we wanted to be part of the community and the Salvos is always a good cause.”



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