Businesses Boost Fundraising for Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal

The Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal is doing well so far this year, despite hardships faced by both businesses and individuals due to COVID-19. With only 10 weeks left until Santa visits, almost $50,000 has been raised!

More than $16,000 was raised through ticket sales for the inaugural 5-Star Chefs for Charity event on November 7 at the Hilton Cairns. Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise also raised $3,000 thanks to the Palm Cove Markets, where collection buckets were put out for the appeal. Other organisations and businesses that have donated include:

  • Adllins Media
  • Babinda Electrics
  • CA Architects Pty Ltd
  • Cairns Aquarium
  • CBRE
  • Chapman Foundation
  • FGF Bitumen Pty Ltd
  • Fortis Numbers
  • Grant Thornton Cairns
  • Heightened Security Solutions
  • i-LEC Solutions
  • JP Foyle Contractors
  • LDI Constructions
  • Lions Club of Cairns
  • Lotsa Print & Signage
  • Panebianco Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Preston Law
  • Project Hardware and Doors
  • Richard Field Constructions
  • Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise
  • Samark North Qld Pty Ltd
  • Totally Workwear
  • Traffic Services
  • Trinity Auto Group
  • Union Jack Hotel
  • Vis Constructions Pty Ltd
In recent years roughly 700 hampers were delivered, which required fundraising of nearly $70,000. The hampers provide basic meals and staples, which more people than ever are expected to need this year due to the coronavirus.

“It’s all about locals helping locals and we are asking the community to dig deep, give generously and show those experiencing hardship that we care.

“Every cent donated to the charity goes to buying food supplies for the hampers,” says Cairns Mayor Bob Manning.

“It is amazing what a hamper means to recipients; it really makes their day.

“These organisations, along with countless individuals who have already donated to the appeal, are demonstrating what it means to be part of a caring community.”

How Can I Help?

You can share the love and Christmas spirit by donating to buy a hamper. $65.00 will provide a hamper for a family and just $35.00 will provide a senior with a hamper. Or, you can donate a select amount to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal on the Regional Council’s website.