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Telstra and Rotary make a difference this Christmas

By Mark Beale

TELSTRA Whitsunday has begun collecting donations in order to supply hampers for families in need this Christmas.

Together with the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, Telstra Whitsunday will have hampers distributed to those in need on December 19.

Telstra Whitsunday has a Christmas tree in store with some pre-made hampers to get things started.

The first completed hamper was donated by printing and design business Tropical Designs.

Telstra Whitsunday manager Ryan Langford is calling on local business to back the initiative.

“Don’t be greedy, feed the needy,” he said.

The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach secretary Denise Norder said the group jumped at the chance to help those less fortunate.

“Usually Rotary do this as a fundraiser each year, we distribute food relief boxes but couldn’t this year – so we’re very fortunate that Telstra Whitsunday contacted us to produce these hampers,” she said. Telstra Whitsunday will be donating $500 to go towards these hampers with additional food donations from Jen and Jamie Fuhrmann from The Prickly Pineapple and Don Cameron and Karen Rix from Master Butchers Whitsunday.

They will also be accepting food donations as an alternative donation method.

Telstra Whitsunday will be distributing collection tins around Centro Shopping Centre, at The Prickly Pineapple and both Master Butchers Whitsunday stores at Stewart Drive and The Whitsunday Shopping Centre. For more information contact Mr Langford on 0458 585 859.

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