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Brisbane charities are sprinkled with Christmas spirit

02 December, 2016

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust spread the spirit of Christmas when donations were today presented to 45 Brisbane Charities to support those in need.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress awarded more than $61,500 in cash grants, $3,600 worth of Foodbank Vouchers and over 2,270 toys.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Christmas appeal had been lending charities a helping hand for twelve years now, successfully raising more than $873,000.

“The Christmas Appeal is run by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust with all money raised going to charities help people in areas such as disability, homelessness, mental illness, ageing, domestic violence and addiction,” he said.

“Christmas is a time for giving and I would like to thank the generosity of individuals, community organisations and corporations that have supported the Trust over the last twelve years, enabling the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust to help make Christmas just that little bit brighter for who need it most.

“There are many wonderful charities and organisations who received a donation today, including Family and Kids Care Foundation, Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre, Koobara Aboriginal & Islander Family Resource Centre Inc and Inala Family Accommodation & Support Service Inc”.

Council Libraries are also getting into the festive season by offering to waive outstanding fees next month in exchange for a donation of canned food for Foodbank Queensland.

Cr Quirk said the 7th consecutive Library Amnesty would run for the whole month of December, allowing library users to clear their account for a fresh start in 2017.

“The initiative benefits all library users by helping Council to put un-returned books back on the shelves so everyone can enjoy them,” he said.

“Most importantly though, the donations of canned food will make a big difference to people who are doing it tough.

“From the goodwill of Brisbane residents, both with and without outstanding library fees, the 2015 Library Amnesty collected an impressive total of 38,260 cans of food for Foodbank Queensland, nearly 3000 more than the previous year.

“The 2015 Library Amnesty prompted the return of 29,242 books to Council libraries and saved customers more than $164,000 in fines and outstanding fees.

“The Amnesty also recovered 2,722 items previously considered lost which were worth an estimated value of $69,248.

“I encourage customers with overdue fees to take advantage of the Amnesty by visiting one of Council’s 33 libraries this December and donating non-perishable food items.

If your overdue fees are from a book that you still have at home, please remember to bring it with you. The Amnesty only covers outstanding fees, not the replacement cost of lost items.

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Appeal runs up until Christmas Eve. To donate, call 3403 5381, visit www.lmct.org.au or post cheques or money orders to:

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
2016 Christmas Appeal
GPO Box 2287, BRISBANE QLD 4001

Foodbank Queensland is a non-profit organisation which aims to feed the country’s needy by redistributing surplus food.

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