Mark Jamieson presenting a cheque to one of the charities (from left: Les Riley and Samantha Shaumack from Variety Australia, Bernadette Mohr, Mark Jamieson and Steve Portas from APN).
Mark Jamieson presenting a cheque to one of the charities (from left: Les Riley and Samantha Shaumack from Variety Australia, Bernadette Mohr, Mark Jamieson and Steve Portas from APN). Images Supplied

Families won't go hungry this Xmas

THE annual APN “Adopt a Family for Christmas” appeal is drawing to a close for 2009 with record numbers of families and individuals set to enjoy a special Christmas thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors and welfare agencies.

Nearly 3000 families across regional Queensland and northern NSW will be the beneficiaries of Christmas hampers and presents to ensure they feel the real spirit of the festive season.

It is estimated that this year’s appeal will raise in excess of a $1,000,000 of community aid at a time when the need has never been greater. In addition over $11,000 in cash will be shared between Variety Australia (Ipswich branch) and Beyond Billabong to assist them in supporting youth disadvantaged by disabilities and social dislocation.

Les Riley, Chairman of Variety Australia said funds would be directed towards the purchase of a special laptop computer for Dillon Pocock from Laidley to assist him with his communication, thus improving his quality of life.

Beyond Billabong benefactor, Boyd Curran, who is committed to improving the self-esteem and work readiness of indigenous youth in North Queensland said the money will be greatly appreciated by the Foundation. It will be directed toward developing the sporting prowess of youth whose prodigious talent and potential may otherwise remain undiscovered.

APN Australian Publishing chief executive Mark Jamieson thanked everyone associated with this year’s appeal in particular the APN staff who gave so willingly of their time to co-ordinate the appeal, the vast number of sponsors who adopted our families and the welfare agencies who distributed the hampers and gifts.

He described it as a magnificent example of communities looking after their own in what has been a tough year.



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