Today we held a special morning tea celebration to present a plaque to Karen and Jason Gatt from The Clothesline Diet Club, as recognition for the Christmas Gift Appeal they ran for the children and young people in our care and for the families associated with The Salvation Army Sunshine Corps.
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those in need, with presents being a luxury that some families cannot afford. Christmas time can also be an extraordinarily hard time for children in care as it is often a holiday tradition that is spent away from their family.
The club's community support saw hundreds of items donated including childrens toys, clothes for boys and girls of all ages and sporting equipment for our young people in care. The Sunshine Corps recieved items such prams, used kids toys, bed frames and mattresses, baby cots, non-perishable foods, new and used adult clothes, second hand children's clothes and even a beautiful wooden desk!
Westcare General Manager, Peter Mulholland, reflected on arriving at the club to pick up the donations and his surprise when a moving truck was needed because of the amount of donations made.
"I was blown away by how much was donated, it was just amazing to see how generous people can be. I know that their would have been lots of smiling faces on Christmas morning".
Karen was extremely humble in recieving the plaque and instead wanted to pay tribute to Westcare and Sunshine Corps staff for their contributions to families, children and young people.
"What you do for people who are in need is just amazing and you are all doing great work keeping people and children off the streets."
Karen also announced that The Clothesline Diet Club will be franchising their business and will have Christmas gift appeals for The Salvation Army written into the contracts for all new franchise opportunities.
A big thank you to Karen and Jason for organising The Clothesline Diet Club Christmas Gift Appeal and to all those who donated items, your support brought hope to familes, children and young people in need during Christmas 2016.