Lord Mayor spreads Christmas spirit to Brisbane charities

The Lord Mayor is spreading festive cheer to those less fortunate this Christmas, with the presentation of donations to 49 Brisbane charities as part of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal.

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress today awarded more than $58,700 in cash grants, $4,200 worth of Foodbank Vouchers and over 3,000 toys that will help brighten the lives of those less fortunate across the city.

Cr Quirk said the Christmas appeal had been lending charities a helping hand for 13 years now, successfully raising more than $890,000.

“Although Christmas is a time of celebration for many, it is a time of year that can also amplify the already difficult situation of many individuals and families,” he said,

“The Christmas Appeal is all about helping people in areas such as disability, homelessness, mental illness, ageing, domestic violence and addiction, with every dollar raised by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust going directly to Brisbane charities.

“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 13 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 BABI Youth and Family Service, Brisbane Housing Company, Hear and Say – Centre for Deaf Children, Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland, Sandbag, Wesley Mission Queensland, Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre.

“Council Libraries are also getting into the festive spirit by waving outstanding library fees this December, in exchange for a donation of canned food for Foodbank Queensland.”

Cr Quirk said the 8th consecutive Library Amnesty would run for the whole month of December, allowing library users to clear their account for a fresh start in 2018.

“The initiative benefits all library users by helping Council 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 2016 Library Amnesty collected an impressive total of 38,946 cans of food for Foodbank Queensland.

“The 2016 Library Amnesty prompted the return of 3,185 items to Council libraries that had previously been considered lost forever and saved customers more than $167,000 in fines and outstanding fees.

“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 December 22. To donate, call 3403 5381, visit www.lmct.org.au or post cheques or money orders to:

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust
2017 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