Community kindness shines through fund

GENEROSITY: Launceston Benevolent Society chief executive Norm Hills, St Vincent de Paul regional president Peter Lyall, The Examiner’s general manager, Tom O’Meara, City Mission chief executive AlberColin Littlechild said yesterday.

“In 30 years’ Salvation Army experience, I have never served in a place that is so committed to the welfare of others,” said Maj. Littlechild, the army’s Launceston family support services manager.

Maj. Littlechild was speaking after he and three other major city charity representatives were handed cheques following yesterday’s closing of The Examiner Empty Stocking Fund.

A record $79,142.89 has been raised for the fund, established in 1909 and regarded as Australia’s oldest such appeal.

The bumper seasonal total was divided equally with cheques handed to the Salvation Army, Launceston City Mission, Launceston Benevolent Society and St Vincent de Paul Society.

The charities said that the money would be used to help those who really need assistance at this time of year, whether it be food, toys or clothing.

Handing over the cheques to the charities concerned, The Examiner’s general manager, Tom O’Meara, paid tribute to what he termed “the sensitivity” of the newspaper’s readers to the needs of others.

“It’s a great effort by schools, businesses and everyone else who contributed to raising the record total,” Mr O’Meara said.

The Launceston Benevolent Society’s chairman Norm Hills said that it could not operate without the annual funding from the appeal.

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