Rapt in fundraising

29/11/2016

IT might be August, but volunteers are already getting excited about wrapping thousands of Christmas presents.

The Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is looking for volunteers to help wrap presents at Cairns Central and The Good Guys from November 28.

Foundation volunteer manager Anne Chirio said almost five kilometres of wrapping paper is used during the annual fundraiser.

“In the month leading up to Christmas, 476 volunteers work hard wrapping thousands of odd-shaped presents for a gold coin donation,” Ms Chirio said.

“We often have people give us a $50 donation which is always lovely, but all we ask for is a gold coin donation,” she said.

Last year $19,209 was raised from wrapping at Cairns Central and $2614 from Michael Aw The Good Guys. “Our records go back to 2001 and since then we’ve raised more than $140,000 which has gone towards things such as the Paediatric Playground, brainlab and patient televisions,” Ms Chirio said.

“For some of the people who volunteer for this event, this is the only time of year we see them, but that’s fine because they’re giving the gift of their time,” Ms Chirio said.

To volunteer for Christmas Wrap, the hospital or our events, telephone Ms Chirio on 42268993.

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