United players kick off appeal
THE Christmas spirit has arrived with the launch of the annual Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
Gold Coast United players Joel Porter, Zenon Caravella and Daniel Piorkowski kicked off support for Kmart at Pacific Fair last week.
Wishing Tree co-ordinator Katrina Millar said more than 100 people attended the launch.
“The Gold Coast United players brought posters, stickers and balls, so it was great,” Ms Millar said.
“We had a cake for the launch which Daniel (Piorkowski) cut to officially start everything.”
She said 14 staff members sang a Christmas melody of Jingle Bells and Santa Claus is Coming to Town while Santa Claus brought lollies.
She said many presents had already made their way under the Christmas tree.
“Last year our store had 1650 presents donated by the public and 400,000 were donated nationally.”
She said that for the first time coin collection tins also were on every register.
“People can buy presents to leave under the tree, but they can also donate to the appeal by using the tins,” Ms Millar said.
“Presents are distributed to people in need and include adults, children and older people.
“We have found this year people are buying presents for older people and adults more.”
Salvation Army leader Captain Alwyn Robinson said there had been a good turn-out for the day. He has worked with the appeal for three years and said this year the collection method would change.
“The truck will take everything to a warehouse and we will sort it from there.”
More than 4.5 million presents have been donated to the appeal since it started 21 years ago.
Ms Millar said the appeal did not accept used good as donations, and while goods could be wrapped, they had to be unwrapped and re-wrapped by the Salvos so they could be given to the right person.