Renee Pukallus, from City Centre Plaza, and Philip Shade, Anglicare’s Central Queensland boss, are looking forward to a busy festive season.
Renee Pukallus, from City Centre Plaza, and Philip Shade, Anglicare’s Central Queensland boss, are looking forward to a busy festive season. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Think of others this Christmas

THE boss of a leading Central Queensland welfare charity wants people to think about helping others as they go about their Christmas shopping this year.

Anglicare Central Queensland chief executive officer Philip Shade said people shouldn’t feel obliged to give someone a present.

Mr Shade said research showed many gift recipients would rather see the money that would be spent on “an unwanted gift” for them provided to a worthwhile cause.

“Many people are more than happy to have a donation made to a charity in their name,” Mr Shade said.

“And that’s tax deductible too.”

His comments come as one of Rockhampton’s biggest shopping centres reports a busy start to the festive season.

City Centre Plaza manager Renee Pukallus said the centre was expecting anywhere between 8000 and 12,000 people daily through its doors in the lead-up to Christmas.

She said during last year’s financial crisis the centre was up about 7% on the previous year for the period.

Anglicare Central Queensland is again running the gift-wrapping service at City Centre Plaza.

Wrapping starts from $2 and the cost depends on the gift.

All money raised goes to helping make it a special Christmas for families and children in the region who aren’t so lucky.

The wrapping is one of Anglicare Central Queensland’s big projects of the year.

About 50 volunteers help provide the service.

Last year 4370 gifts were wrapped by volunteers, including 507 on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, $1 from every photograph taken at the shopping centre’s Santa Grotto will be donated to Capricorn Animal Aid.




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