Mayor announces recipients of Christmas Appeal

Mayor Tom Tate has announced local charity Friends With Dignity and Paradise Kids will be the beneficiaries of the 2018 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

Operating for over 20 years Paradise Kids assists terminally ill children and their families while Gold Coast-based charity Friends with Dignity provides support to domestic and family violence victims.

Friends With Dignity Chief Operating Officer Zoe Scharenguivel says they’re accepting more than just children’s toys.


“Often, victims leave with nothing and need basic household items to get back on their feet,’’ she said.

“Things like whitegoods, furniture and household items used to transform empty spaces into welcoming homes for men, women and children needing to start a new life.”

To find out what gifts are appropriate and where to drop off your gifts, visit: 

Cr Tate said when donating gifts you should write the age and gender of the recipient on the outside of the package.

Click here for more information on Friends With Dignity or Paradise Kids.