UnitingCare Australia and Target join for the annual appeal

UnitingCare Champion Louise Tobin, UnitingCare coordinator Sharon Ashford, UnitingCare Champion Kate Stevens and Target Clare store manager Natalie Barker.
UnitingCare Champion Louise Tobin, UnitingCare coordinator Sharon Ashford, UnitingCare Champion Kate Stevens and Target Clare store manager Natalie Barker.

If you’re in a position where you can enjoy Christmas with a roof over your head, with the family you love, gifts and a stomach-filling meal, maybe think about giving a gift to someone less fortunate. 

This year’s UnitingCare Australia and Target Christmas Appeal is once again in full swing. 

Through the generosity of Australians, organisers hope to raise $1.5m to support the thousands of community services and programs delivered across the Uniting Network. 

A few dollars could help women and children fleeing domestic violence, people seeking emergency relief or children and families in desperate situations. 

Target and UnitingCare Australia have made it easy to contribute by simply purchasing an Appeal bauble for $1 or giving an unwrapped gift at their local Target store. 

Clare Valley UnitingCare coordinator Sharon Ashford said 2017 had been a tough year for families facing issues of unemployment and increasing living costs. 

“We really do rely on the generous people in our community to dig deep, show compassion and support our appeal this Christmas,” Sharon said. 

Between now and December 24, you can purchase a bauble and/or place an unwrapped gift under the tree at Target in Clare. 

Sharon said the Clare (and surrounding areas) community was generous when it came to gifting at Christmas. 

“It all goes back to the Clare community, and outlying areas.” 

You can rest assured, what you donate will end up with a local family. 

Managing Director Target Australia  Guy Russo said the appeal supports those in our community who need it most at a very difficult time of year. 

“The Target team are proud to be partnering with UnitingCare Australia again this year. This Appeal helps such a vast range of families doing it tough in our community, and we feel privileged to be able to help by providing a place where Australians can give to others,” Mr Russo said. 

In 2016 the Appeal raised more than $1.2million and helped support more than 45,000 Australian families. 

This year, organisers hope to reach more people who will struggle at Christmas without the generous support from all Australians. 

Shoppers are encouraged to donate via purchasing a $1 appeal bauble at the checkout. All proceed will be donated to UnitingCare Australia to be distributed across the country. For more information visit www.unitingcarechristmasappeal.com.au

The Target UnitingCare Australia Christmas Appeal launched in all Target stores across the country until December 24. 

Did you know? 

One in eight people in Australia live in poverty

2.99 million people in Australia live below the poverty line, after taking account of their household costs. 

42% of all households report suffering financial stress concerning such indicators as inability to heat their homes, going without meals, struggling to pay utility bills and seeking financial assistance through income support. 

Single parents experience the highest poverty rates at 33.2% and this been consistent trend across the decade.