More Gold Coast children will be able to access therapy and support services from Act for Kids, thanks to a generous donation from Palazzo Versace.
The resort today handed over a cheque worth $10,000 to the charity, with the money raised via the sale of their plush Christmas teddy bear, Preston.
Hundreds of the cute and cuddly fundraising ambassadors were sold over the past three months. In addition, 600 Preston bears featured on a six-metre-high Christmas tree in the hotel’s foyer throughout the festive period.
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Dr Katrina Lines, Act for Kids Chief Executive Officer, said she was overwhelmed by the generous support from the Palazzo Versace team and guests with such a significant contribution to help vulnerable children.
“The money raised from this very special campaign means more children who have experienced trauma from abuse and neglect will be able to access the support they deserve,” she said.
“Unfortunately, the demand for helping abused and neglected children continues to increase. In 2019-2020 our team supported more than 650 families on the Gold Coast, including 83 children who had experienced sexual abuse.”
Sadly, the Act for Kids Gold Coast centres at Labrador and Varsity Lakes are currently operating at capacity.
“The funds raised from this initiative at Palazzo Versace will go towards our highly sought after integrated therapy services to support more children, not only on the Gold Coast but right across the country,” said Dr Lines.
General Manager of Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Jane Kingston said she wanted to thank everyone that purchased a teddy bear during the fundraiser.
“Christmas is all about children, so in the spirit of giving, we wanted to give back to Act for Kids,” she said.
“We really didn’t expect the reaction we received. Preston The Bear was such a star and found his way into the hearts of many homes.
“However, I do wish we could have donated even more money to this wonderful charity.”
Ms Kingston told myGC the hotel has already started planning this year’s bear.
“Wait until you see the bow-tie we have planned. This year’s bear is going to be even more fabulous!”