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Appeal to remember those less fortunate


The candy canes, cards and wrapping paper are already on the supermarket shelves and that means Christmas is only weeks away. It also means the annual Cafs (Child and Family Services, Ballarat) Christmas Appeal has been launched.

This year the demand for support has never been greater and the organisation is

seeking to support in excess of 600 children and their families across the Central

Highlands, including Moorabool.

Cafs CEO, Wendy Sturgess said they know families are experiencing the compounding impact of two years living through the COVID-19 pandemic and this has, in many cases, altered their ability to earn an income.

“The harsh reality is that Christmas gifts are a discretionary item, so they are the first thing to go if a family is facing a choice between day to day expenses and gifts for children,” she said.

At this time of year, not only do the day to day expenses continue to come in, but

the additional pressure of covering annual back to school costs can push some

households to the brink. Christmas presents are a luxury that has to be sacrificed.

Cafs are encouraging donors to consider making either cash donations or contributing gift cards and vouchers this year instead of physical gifts.

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in the 23 November 2021 edition
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