Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 - City of Bayswater
BAYSWATER Mayor Terry Kenyon has congratulated the local community for providing much-needed donations as part of its 2009 Christmas Food Appeal.

Nine collection boxes were placed across the city to collect non-perishable food items, supporting Anglicare WA’s work with families in need.

Hundreds of items were collected, ranging from canned goods and packets of food through to Christmas crackers, toiletries and children’s books.

“The true spirit of Christmas reflects a dedication to helping those in need, giving hope to those in despair and to spread peace and understanding,” Mayor Kenyon said.

“That’s why the City of Bayswater holds this annual food appeal, simply because we want to try to make Christmas more joyous in whatever way we can.

“We have received a variety of donations and even the smallest act of kindness will ultimately make a difference to someone.”

The donated food will be made up into hampers for families experiencing hardship this festive season.

Each year, Anglicare WA helps people who would otherwise go without at Christmas with more than 1300 families going to its three centres in the metropolitan area for assistance.

Anglicare WA Fundraising and Marketing Executive General Manager Ian Craig said families were often referred on by other agencies and received food and toys from the donations.

“They tell our teams of volunteers what they might need or want and about 2800 children are given toys each year,” he said.

“People are doing it really tough out there and I’m pleased that we’re able to spread a little bit of Christmas joy for them.

“If it wasn’t for appeals like those held by the City of Bayswater, there wouldn’t be much of a Christmas for these families.

“There’s been an amazing response from everyone and our warehouse is chock-a-block with donations.”

There is still an opportunity to make a donation of non-perishable foods at the City of Bayswater Carols by Candlelight on December 18 from 7.30pm in the Civic Centre Gardens.

anglicare1-2.jpeg: Bayswater Councillor Marlene Robinson with some of the items donated during the 2009 Christmas Food Appeal.

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The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
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WA council's Christmas appeal helps Anglicare provide for needy families.


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