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2021 Christmas Appeal donations smash record

2021 Christmas Appeal donations smash record
02 February 2022

Uniting Care representative Laura Kilsby (left), Salvation Army representative Daniel Scordia, Mayor Lynette Martin, Lifeline representative Shane Mitchell, St Vincent de Paul representative John D’Souza and ac.care representative Trish Spark with a cheque for the record breaking total donation amount of more than $51,000 to the Mount Gambier Community Mayor's Christmas Appeal.
Uniting Care representative Laura Kilsby (left), Salvation Army representative Daniel Scordia, Mayor Lynette Martin, Lifeline representative Shane Mitchell, St Vincent de Paul representative John D’Souza and ac.care representative Trish Spark
Uniting Care representative Laura Kilsby (left), Salvation Army representative Daniel Scordia, Mayor Lynette Martin, Lifeline representative Shane Mitchell, St Vincent de Paul representative John D’Souza and ac.care representative Trish Spark with a cheque for the record breaking total donation amount of more than $51,000 to the Mount Gambier Community Mayor's Christmas Appeal.

The local community has raised a record breaking $51,231.60 for the 2021 Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, eclipsing the 2020 fundraising record of just over $40,000.

City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin is overwhelmed and grateful for the generosity shown by the community.

“We were hoping to surpass last year’s total to be able to provide some additional support to those in need, but to break last year’s record by more than $10,000 is simply amazing,” Mayor Martin said.

All funds raised as part of the appeal are distributed to local support agencies including Uniting Care, ac.care, Lifeline SE, St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army to provide food hampers, vouchers and gifts through the Christmas Cheer program.

“The five support agencies used the funds they received as part of the program to support 761 adults, 415 children and 167 teenagers over the festive season."

“I appreciate that it has been a challenging year for many people as we navigate through the COVID pandemic, so to see so many people come forward to help others is truly uplifting and a wonderful reflection of the generosity of our community."

I thank each and every individual, group and business who chose to support the appeal, this is an outstanding achievement and I am so proud of our community. - Mayor Martin.

The Mount Gambier Community Mayor’s Christmas Appeal is open all year round. Donations can be made through the following channels:

  • Call Council on (08) 8721 2555 with your credit card details on hand. Council staff can email you a tax invoice.
  • In person at the City of Mount Gambier customer service counter - Civic Centre, 10 Watson Terrace.
  • Send a cheque made out to 'City of Mount Gambier' PO Box 56 Mount Gambier SA 5290 with advice that the cheque is a donation to the Mayor's Christmas Appeal.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Media and Communications Coordinator Sharny McLean on 8721 2401 or smclean@mountgambier.sa.gov.au

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