Tweed Mayor Katie Milne with Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers volunteer Jan Pilgrim. Councillor Milne rescued the baby possum, which Jan has named Carool, a few weeks ago from the middle of the road after its mother was hit by a car.
Tweed Mayor Katie Milne with Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers volunteer Jan Pilgrim. Councillor Milne rescued the baby possum, which Jan has named Carool, a few weeks ago from the middle of the road after its mother was hit by a car.

Mayor asks residents to support homeless and wildlife

THE Mayor is calling on the community to dig deep these holidays for the annual Christmas appeal.

Following the success of last year, Mayor Katie Milne has issued her second annual Christmas and New Year Appeal in support of Tweed Valley Wildlife Careers and You Have a Friend, the homeless support organisation.

"Last year's appeal was a great success and as we're extending this appeal into the New Year to the end of January, I'm sure this year's will be even better,” Cr Milne said.

Cr Milne said it's important to remember those who might not be as fortunate at Christmas time.

"While we celebrate this joyous time with family and friends our hearts go out to those who are struggling or alone,” she said.

"I heard some shocking statistics just recently that by the age of 65 68% of us will be flat broke, 50% will have a mental illness and 82% will have a chronic illness.

"This just goes to show that any one of us could find ourselves in a difficult position through no fault of our own.”

Cr Milne said she also hoped people would take care of the native animals over the Christmas period.

"Our wildlife needs our compassion too,” Cr Milne said.

"One of the greatest losers from our population growth is the unintended consequences on our innocent wildlife.

"The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers do an incredible job answering thousands of calls each year, often late into the night, to rescue sick and injured animals, all on a volunteer basis and largely at their own expense.

Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers have requested donations of old or new towels, pillow cases, hot water bottles, old beanies and puppy training pads.

You Have a Friend has requested donations of tinned goods and toiletries.

Items can be dropped off to Council offices in Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah or Brett Street, Tweed Heads.

Anyone wishing to make monetary donations is asked to contact the agencies directly:

To make a monetary donation directly to Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers, visit www.tvwc.org.au/donate.php or call (02) 6672 4789.

To make a monetary donation directly to You Have a Friend, visit www.youhaveafriend.com.au/sponsorship or call (07) 5524 2008.



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