19 January, 2024

Community generosity helps children in need

More than 200 gifts were collected and distributed as a result of the annual Christmas initiative named ‘A Little Ray of Giving’, involving staff at Ray White Wamuran | Bellmere.

Wamuran Lions Club members Michelle Kalms and Lisa Gourley with Caboolture Hospital Children’s Ward staff.
Wamuran Lions Club members Michelle Kalms and Lisa Gourley with Caboolture Hospital Children’s Ward staff.

Ray White Wamuran | Bellmere partnered with the Wamuran Lions Club for the occasion, to help people who needed extra support and care during the festive season.

With the fall of 2023 being the 12th successive year that the Ray White franchise undertook the initiative, Ray White Wamuran | Bellmere principal Terry Ward said the latest occasion was “nothing short of extraordinary, as our community has demonstrated unparalleled generosity”.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have collected a record-breaking 215 gifts, thanks to the kind hearts of our community members,” he said.

Wamuran Lions duo Lisa Gourley and Michelle Kalms also expressed gratitude for the community’s support, with Lisa saying the support was overwhelming while she offered thanks to those who reached out to people less fortunate.

Michelle said it was lovely that there would be some very happy children at Christmas as a result of the community generosity.

The gifts were distributed among two significant causes; the Caboolture Hospital Children’s Ward and the Caboolture Police Station’s ‘Operation Christmas Run’.

Caboolture Hospital Nurse Unit Manager Paediatrics, Michelle Hutch, said, “The gifts ensure that the children wake up with a present Christmas morning, as well as provides support for the year, to help provide gifts to children after they have had a procedure and been so brave, for birthdays while being in hospital.

“The joy these gift s give to the families while they are stressed about their little ones helps not only to occupy the children but give them a better experience while in hospital.”

The Caboolture Police Station benefi ted from Kindness for Kids in Care and other groups, in addition to the Wamuran Lions Club and Ray White Wamuran | Bellmere.

A few days before Christmas, Senior Constable Jo Arthur said what was known as a special annual tradition in the Caboolture community was once again a huge success with plenty of smiles and Christmas cheer.

“Two things make this day so special and that is the smiling faces of children and their families, and the generosity of the community,” Snr Const Arthur said.

“It is the support and donation of the community who continue to make this happen and bring everyone together.

“For weeks, our conference room has been filling up and we have been overwhelmed with the amount of received donations.

“Thank you to those community groups who have supported us this year.”


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