Parliament House gets the giving feeling with the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal
Friday 2nd December 2016; The Honourable (Hon) Malcolm Turnbull MP Prime Minister, along with members of Parliament and their staff, have joined forces to support one of the country’s longest running Christmas Appeals, The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal.
The Prime Minister has brought the spirit of giving in-house by placing a Kmart Wishing Tree in his office to show fellow Australians they are not alone this Christmas. All visitors to the office have been encouraged to bring a gift to place under the tree.
The Kmart Wishing Tree has been installed in the Prime Minister's office to support the great work achieved by Appeal partners The Salvation Army and Mission Australia to ensure a brighter and happier Christmas for thousands of Australian families.
Today, Kmart Australia’s Managing Director Ian Bailey, alongside The Salvation Army's National Secretary Lieut Colonel Samuel Pho and Mission Australia’s CEO Catherine Yeomans, joined the Prime Minister in the Parliament House courtyard to help load the final gift collection into a truck to be delivered to Australian families in need.
The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, “This is a great partnership between Kmart, Mission Australia and the Salvation Army and it’s bringing Christmas joy, a toy, a gift for thousands of kids who this Christmas would not otherwise receive.
Christmas is a time when we draw close family and friends, it’s a season of love. But it should be also a season of unconditional love and love for those who are not as well off as we are, who don’t have the family that we have. Who don’t have the presents around the tree that our children and grandchildren have. And that love is here, that generosity is here and I want to thank you all for what you are doing.”
Ian Bailey, Managing Director of Kmart Australia, “Today is a very special day for us at Kmart, to have the support of the Prime Minister’s office for the 4th year has become a wonderful tradition. This year marks the 29th year of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal and every year I’m amazed by the generosity of Australians in their support of disadvantaged people in our community. The Australian public along with our partners, founding charity partner The Salvation Army and Mission Australia are the true champions of Christmas. They make this Appeal possible and we thank them dearly, as we all work better together.”
Lieut Colonel Samuel Pho, National Secretary, The Salvation Army, “In December, The Salvation Army assists three times as many people compared to any other month due to increased budget pressure at Christmas. Extra bills, back-to-school costs, special meals and holiday activities for the children are added on to everyday living expenses. With the help of Kmart and the generosity of Australians nationwide, we are able to provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without at Christmas and bring hope where it’s needed most.” says.
Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeomans, “Across the country we see thousands of people in our services who may find Christmas to be an especially difficult, stressful and sometimes isolating time of the year. The contribution of gifts and funds from the Appeal will help people and families to participate in Christmas celebrations with dignity and joy.”
Now in its 29th year, The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is Australia’s largest and longest running Appeal, benefiting countless children, adults and seniors at a time where support is needed most. The Appeal has collected more than eight million gifts over the past 28 years.
Christmas can be a very stressful time of year, and for those doing it tough, many are unable to provide their family with a gift on Christmas Day. Gifts given to the Appeal can alleviate this pressure and allow families to focus on crucial needs such as shelter and food.
The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal draws to a close on Christmas Eve and whilst our gift tally is encouraging, more gifts are need in order for us to help over 300,000 families. We encourage Australians to make Christmas brighter for those in need by giving to the Appeal.
Anyone can participate in the Appeal by:
- Giving an unwrapped gift in any Kmart store
- Making a monetary contribution in Any Kmart store
Donating online at www.kmart.com.au/wishingtree