Kestrel Mine’s Simon Cupper and Tony Lennox donate gifts to Emerald Neighbourhood Centre’s Lorna Hicks.
Kestrel Mine’s Simon Cupper and Tony Lennox donate gifts to Emerald Neighbourhood Centre’s Lorna Hicks. Supplied

Mining tree treats the needy

KESTREL Mine employees are spreading some Christmas cheer this festive season to disadvantaged people in the region.

The coal mine has set up a community giving tree in its office foyer and has been encouraging workers to place children’s’ toys under the tree, to gather up a collection for the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre’s Linking Arms for Christmas Appeal.

“Kestrel Mine has been a long-term supporter of the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre, with many donations over the years. But this is the first time that we have put up a tree and encouraged workers to show their generosity in this way,” said Kestrel Mine general manager operations Tony Lennox.

“All of the toys donated to the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre will be put into hampers, along with other community-donated grocery and non-perishable food items, and supplied to disadvantaged families from Emerald and surrounding towns.

At the weekend Kestrel Mine handed over 155 toys to Lorna Hicks, Emerald Neighbourhood Centre coordinator, at the Kestrel Mine Christmas staff party.

“It is not just financial impacts that can lead to a family being in need of a hamper like this, it could also be that a parent or child has had a serious health issue which may have required treatment in Brisbane and the family has not been able to even think about Christmas,” Ms Hicks said.

The whole community has been getting behind the hamper collection since 1998.



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