Santa Newman Arrives With Presents For Those In Need

Santa Newman Arrives With Presents For Those In Need

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman

Premier’s Christmas Boost For Queensland Charities

Victor P Taffa

Four of Queensland’s favourite charities have shared in a $400,000 boost just in time for Christmas.

Premier Campbell Newman announced the Salvation Army, UnitingCare Community, The Smith Family and St. Vincent de Paul Society Queensland would each receive $100,000.

“Each and every year these great charities help hundreds-of-thousands of Queenslanders who are most in need.” Mr. Newman said.

“I’m sure all Queenslanders would agree that this donation is a timely one heading into Christmas and the New Year.”

 

 

 

“The Salvation Army, UnitingCare Community, The Smith Family and The St. Vincent de Paul Society Queensland have, over the years, earned the trust and support of our community and more and more people are turning to them when times are tough.”

The Salvation Army Communications Secretary Major Bruce Harmer said those in need across Queensland this Christmas is finding it more difficult than in past years.

“To have the support of the Premier during this difficult period will mean so much to so many. On their behalf, The Salvation Army is thankful to the Premier and the Queensland Government.” Major Harmer said.

UnitingCare Community Executive Director Bob Gilkes said this donation will support UnitingCare Community’s child and family care, disability support and crisis support services across Queensland.

“Together, we can ensure the most vulnerable in our society receive the support they require.” Mr. Gilkes said.

The Smith Family Queensland General Manager Alan Le May said the generous donation will support the charity’s Christmas Appeal, which aims to address the major gap in literacy and reading skills between disadvantaged children and their peers.

“We know that reading skills are crucial to a child’s capacity to engage in education and this donation will support The Smith Family to continue to run our vital literacy programs in schools, and help close this gap.” Mr. Le May said.

St. Vincent de Paul Society Queensland State President John Forrest said that the $100,000 would go a long way this Christmas to provide services to those doing it tough.

“The generous donation from the Premier’s fund supports us to provide accommodation, food, basic necessities and even a few treats to people in need these holidays.” Mr. Forrest said.