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Disadvantaged locals benefit from Mayoress Charity

Local charities have today received a much needed boost, sharing in proceeds of $230,000 from the Gold Coast Mayoress Charity Foundation.

Youth, homelessness and domestic violence charity representatives were presented with cheques at a special ceremony at Evandale Chambers.

Gold Coast Mayoress Ruth Tate applauded the work of the charities and thanked the Gold Coast community for its generous spirit. “Every cent raised goes towards the disadvantaged on the Gold Coast,” she said.


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“These are grass-root charities and 100 per cent of the money raised by Gold Coasters is going directly back to helping our disadvantaged community.”

OzHarvest Gold Coast Manager Lee Danahay said the Mayoress Charity had generously supported their efforts since launching in 2013, helping secure a second truck to deliver good, rescued food to those in need.

PHOTO: Supplied by City of Gold Coast

PHOTO: Supplied by City of Gold Coast

“Without the foundation’s support we would not be able to rescue up to 5000 kilograms of good food per week and deliver it to more than 40 charities, community centres, schools and churches providing food relief for people in need in our community,” she said.

About $180,000 was raised from last year’s Mayoress Charity Ball which was evenly distributed between OzHarvest, Rosie’s, Have a Feed, YHES House, SPACC and Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth.

A further $50,000 was raised and distributed between Oxenford-Coomera Community Youth Centre, Gold Coast Men of Business and Gold Coast Centre Against Domestic Violence.

Tickets are available for next week’s 2016 Valentine’s Ball at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, which will include entertainment by ARC – Antipodean Rock Collective – the ultimate rock and roll band featuring band members from Powderfinger, Spiderbait, Jet and You Am I. For tickets visit: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/gold-coast-mayoress-valentines-ball-2016-20912.html


Carla Tooma
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