From a background of isolation, addiction, domestic violence and mental health illness, this was for many, their only Christmas celebration. Thanks to everyone who made this possible through your giving this year.
Our second B-Together Christmas event was celebrated on 12 December 2013. A total of over 200 clients from our financial care (B-empowered), community mentoring (COACH) and counselling programs along with coach volunteers and staff were present, more than doubling the attendance last year! Apart from the traditional sumptuous Christmas meal, the children were treated to fun and games and were thrilled to receive a personalised Christmas present from Santa! Santa also presented each family a Christmas hamper to take home with them. A big “THANK YOU” to those who generously donated towards the hampers.
It was a hugely successful night with some very encouraging feedback below from clients and volunteers:
“Anne* and John* were so touched by the gifts they received. John* said the gifts would probably be the only ones they would receive and that he would be alone on Christmas day”
“Great food, thanks to the cooks and volunteers!”
“I’ve never mobilised that much chocolate pudding in my life before tonight! Staff volunteer”
* Names have been changed
Our fantastic challenge this year is to source a suitable venue to accommodate the growing numbers. Any suggestions, please email Nikki.