The Observer newspaper sales manager Dianne Treveton (left) and editor in chief Meredith Papavasiliou encourage everyone to support this year's Adopt a Family Appeal.
The Observer newspaper sales manager Dianne Treveton (left) and editor in chief Meredith Papavasiliou encourage everyone to support this year's Adopt a Family Appeal. Tom Huntley

Adopt a Family appeal launched to spread Christmas cheer

FOR families facing financial hardship, Christmas is not always the best time of year.

Many Gladstone region residents are doing it tough and need some help to spread the Christmas cheer.

The Observer's Adopt-A-Family appeal aims to help those families less fortunate enjoy the wonders of Christmas.

The appeal has been officially launched by its patron and rugby league legend Shane Webcke, who has been a part of the cause for five years.

"I've always loved being a part of it," Mr Webcke said.

He said the appeal struck a chord with him because if it had been around when he was a child, his family might have been one of the recipients.

Mr Webcke said it was up to those with a little more money to spread a bit of happiness.

With three young children aged 11, nine and seven, Mr Webcke said the appeal was a powerful lesson.

"It's a very powerful lesson for the kids to know other people do it tough and we get so much out of giving," he said.

The Observer's Adopt-A-Family appeal has been helping families facing hardship share in the joy of the festive season for many years.

And this year is no different, with the initiative being launched in Gladstone by newspaper sales and marketing manager Dianne Treveton and local charities the Salvation Army, Uniting Care Community and Anglicare.

Each year The Observer staff adopt a family.

APN-ARM Northern regional editor in chief and Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou said the Adopt-A-Family event was one of the most important community activities in The Observer's calendar.

"This is one way The Observer and the Gladstone region can help those facing up to a less than festive Christmas season," Ms Papavasiliou said.

"I am really proud of the fact that for several years now, The Observer crew has always dug deep and donated generously.

"We see first-hand the hurt and trials some in our community have to deal with.

"I would encourage everyone in our community to team up and make this Christmas a little more special for someone in need."

Get involved

  • Whether it is by yourself, with your family or a group of co-workers, adopt a family of your own.
  • See Wednesday's paper for the list of families who can be adopted this year or visit this website after Wednesday
  • When you select your family, inform the charity which have listed the family and buy the gifts.


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