rosies_cairns_Dunwoody's Tavern_ChristmasRosies Cairns Branch, supporting those who are marginalised within our community – especially those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or simply lonely, has launched its Christmas Appeal today after accepting a very generous donation of $500 from Dunwoody’s Fishing Club.

The money, along with another kind donation of $500 from Dunwoody’s Tavern, kick starts preparation for a special Christmas Day gathering for up to 100 homeless people in Cairns this year, which Rosies is organising in partnership with Anglicare.

Rosies’ Cairns Branch Coordinator, Susan Doye, said Christmas is traditionally a time for family get-togethers and celebrations but it is also an opportunity to think about those less fortunate in our community.

“With the support of many generous people in our community we have been running a Christmas Day event in Cairns for the homeless for some years – it conveys a message that Cairns cares,” Ms Doye said.

“The event will be held in the grounds of St John the Evangelist Anglican Church at the corner of Lake and Minnie streets from 4-6pm on Christmas Day,” she said.

Ms Doye said it was also good to recognise that Rosies, Anglicare, and other support agencies would be connecting to work together this Christmas to support those in need. Families, individuals, workplaces, and organisations can get involved by donating.

Most needed are Christmas items for take-away food parcels such as tinned food (ham, fish, puddings etc), sweets, savoury snacks, biscuits, nuts, soft drinks, juices. Items for Christmas presents suitable for a variety of ages from toys and puzzles, through to t-shirts,  caps, other clothing items, backpacks, cups, pens, books, magazines. Items should be new and unwrapped. Monetary donations will be used to buy cold and fresh items (chicken, ham, bread rolls etc).

“Those wanting to make an online donation visit Rosies website and specify in the space provided that donation is for the Cairns Christmas Appeal,” Ms Doye said.

Dunwoody’s Fishing Club representative, Anthony Crathern said the Club was delighted to make the first monetary donation towards Rosies’ Christmas Appeal.

“Being involved in fishing guarantees we will have a great Christmas but this was a great opportunity to help ensure that others who are less fortunate will have an opportunity to have a great Christmas too,” he said.

Click here to read the article from the Cairns Post.