The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust will give more than 4600 toys and a cash boost of more than $110,000 to 63 local charities as part of its annual Christmas grants program.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the grants, which include toy donations and food vouchers, have become a welcome Brisbane tradition that benefits hundreds of children and families in need every Christmas.
“Christmas is a special time of year, but it can also be a really distressing time for families who can’t afford to put food on the table and presents under the tree,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Due to COVID-19, for many people, this is a situation they haven’t experienced before however for one in five children in Queensland, it’s a stark reality.
“That’s why the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas grants program is so critically important.
“Through many respected charities, this program supports families and children in need, providing them with food and presents so they can enjoy Christmas.
“Under the program this year, we’re donating more than 4600 toys. We’re also providing more than $110,000 in grants, including $6250 worth of Foodbank and IGA vouchers.”
Lady Mayoress Nina Schrinner, who chairs the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, said 2021 was another tough year for Brisbane’s not-for-profit sector.
“One in seven charities are on the brink of closure because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mrs Schrinner said.
“Thanks to the generosity of Brisbane residents, we can provide these Christmas grants again to help these charities out.
“Through our annual fundraising activities including the annual Gala Ball and Big City Barbecue as well as the incredibly generous donations that we receive including the ongoing provision of 1000s of toys from Scott Collins of Bloomberg Inc Ltd, we’re going to be able to ease stress and brighten Christmas Day for so many families.”
To find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust or to donate visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.