Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, has started a Christmas appeal to support Stanthorpe.
Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, has started a Christmas appeal to support Stanthorpe.

Pollie throws support behind Stanthorpe Christmas venture

THREE hours from the Granite Belt and a federal politician has put a call out to Brisbane residents to get behind the drought ravaged region.

Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, has this week launched the ‘Christmas Appeal for Stanthorpe’ initiative.

Watching from afar, Mr Vasta said he wanted to do something. He has partnered with national online charity GIVIT for the fundraising venture.

”The Christmas Appeal for Stanthorpe is encouraging locals in Bonner to donate and purchase much needed items and services for Stanthorpe and surrounding residents,” Mr Vasta said.

“In a further effort to support the local community, we will ensure where possible, items for the Stanthorpe residents through this appeal will be purchased locally to support businesses.

“Now more than ever, the township needs to see money we raise, spent locally to keep small business and jobs ticking over.”

Mr Vasta said he was driven to supporting Stanthorpe with a Christmas appeal after witnessing the hardship of families and farmers affected by the drought and recent bushfires.

“Suffering through a drought is hard enough, but to lose homes, sheds and stock through bushfires is just devastating,” Mr Vasta said.

GIVIT CEO Sarah Tennant said the organisation had been working with frontline services and charities to support the recovery process of bushfire-affected communities since early September.

“Christmas is always a hard time for people who are struggling financially, especially those Queenslanders affected by the ongoing drought as well as recent bushfires,” Ms Tennant said.

“We’re proud to be partnering with the Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP to continue to help those in the Granite Belt, who have already received thousands of donated items through GIVIT including white goods and essential clothing for young families.”

Mr Vasta said the Christmas appeal would run until December 13.

He said 100 per cent of funds received will be used to purchase items for Stanthorpe residents in need this Christmas.

People can give as little as $2, up to $500.

For example, a $20 donation will get you a voucher for Pure Heaven, $80 will get you clothing from Eclectic Palate, $300 an electric guitar from Top Beat.

To find out more visit GIVIT.org.au/donate-funds, select Christmas 2019 in the “Donate to” options, and put ‘VASTA’ in the comments box.

Or phone Mr Vasta’s office on 3893 3488.

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