A group of local residents from Parkes Shire Council's Sister City, the City of Canada Bay, are sharing the gift of joy this Christmas with over $40,000 worth of toys and sporting goods to be donated to drought affected families in Parkes Shire.
The group, who first met over 20 years ago over a beer at Five Dock Hotel, have run the annual Christmas appeal for close to 20 years, donating new toys, gifts and sporting equipment to children in need.
“It’s wonderful to see our local community continue to join in the true spirit of Christmas and extend a show of support to our family and friends in rural and regional Australia doing it tough,” City of Canada Bay Mayor and Local Government NSW Vice President Angelo Tsirekas said.
“We are pleased to link the appeal up with our Sister City, Parkes Shire Council, and hope the new toys will help keep the magic of Christmas alive for children in the country this year.”
Parkes Shire Mayor Ken Keith OAM will join City of Canada Bay Mayor and Local Government NSW Vice President Angelo Tsirekas to accept the gifts in Drummoyne on Friday.
"Parkes has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with our friends at Canada Bay and the generosity of the Canada Bay community will be warmly welcomed by the Parkes Shire community who are doing it tough in this relentless drought."
Direct Freight Express will deliver the gifts to Parkes free of charge, where they will be distributed by the local St Vincent de Paul Society, whose volunteers work tirelessly to ensure those experiencing disadvantage can have an enjoyable Christmas.
“Thanks to Direct Freight Express Managing Director and Founder Joe Catania, as well as his entire team for their generosity this Christmas season,” Mayor Tsirekas said.