Tweed Daily News staff with hampers of goodies for their two Adopt-a-Family recipients.
Tweed Daily News staff with hampers of goodies for their two Adopt-a-Family recipients. Blainey Woodham

Embracing the spirit of Christmas

THE annual APN “Adopt a Family for Christmas” Appeal is drawing to a close for 2009 with record numbers of families and individuals set to enjoy a special Christmas thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors and welfare agencies.

Nearly 3000 families across regional Queensland and northern NSW will be the beneficiaries of Christmas hampers and presents to ensure they feel the real spirit of the festive season.

It is estimated that this year’s appeal will raise in excess of a $1,000,000 of community aid at a time when the need has never been greater.

In addition over $11,000 in cash will be shared between Variety Australia (Ipswich branch) and Beyond Billabong to assist them in supporting youth disadvantaged by disabilities and social dislocation.

APN Australian Publishing chief executive Mark Jamieson thanked everyone associated with this years appeal in particular the APN staff who gave so willingly of their time to coordinate the appeal, the vast number of sponsors who adopted our families and the welfare agencies who distributed the hampers and gifts.

He described it as a magnificent example of communities looking after their own in what has been a tough year.



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