Thursday, January 18, 2024


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Christmas Appeal Bonanza In Bowen

Community organisations in Bowen are cheering off the back of another successful Christmas and festival season appeal, providing close to 300 individuals and families of Bowen with access to presents, vouchers, and an abundance of toys.

A joint initiative with the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre, Cooinda Family Centre, Salvos, and Chayim Community Care, over 270 individuals and families were gifted access to Christmas Hampers, and a pop-up shop.

The Bowen Neighbourhood Centre also embarked on their Adopt a Family initiative, with local businesses donating vouchers and funds to support local families and individuals.

“Bowen Neighbourhood Centre was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from local businesses eager to bring joy to families in need,” Stephanie Cora, Executive Officer of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre explained.

“The local Business generosity, played a pivotal role in adopting 51 individuals and families, ensuring they experienced something truly special this Christmas.”

Ms Cora said a heartfelt thank you goes out to these businesses for their commitment to spreading Christmas cheer and making a positive impact in our community.

“The Bowen Community Centre extends its appreciation to Pacific National, Aurizon, Abbot Point Operations, Bowen Industrial Hire, Pat McDonald Earthmoving, and Zonta Bowen for their unwavering support and dedication,” she said.

Due to the overwhelming support, the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre was able to approach other community organisations, such as Relationship Australia, Whitsunday Counselling Services, Girudala Community Society Ltd, and Cooinda Family Centre, to nominate families they knew of.

Ms Cora also said that The Bowen Community Centre acknowledges the outstanding efforts of Mayor Julie Hall and Abbot Point Operation for swiftly stepping in to rescue 20 families that missed the hamper cut-off date.

“Their quick and compassionate response ensured that no family in our community was left without the joy of a Christmas celebration,” Ms Cora explained.

“As we reflect on the success of this year's Christmas Hampers, we are reminded of the incredible spirit of generosity and unity that defines our community. The Bowen Community Centre looks forward to building on this momentum, continuing to serve and uplift our community in the years to come.”

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