Boost for Christmas appeal

UNITING’S Christmas Appeal received a huge boost last week, thanks to the Gippsland Lodge.

The Lodge donated $2000, after being asked by Sale Lions Club to support the appeal.

The amount was matched by the Freemasons Foundation, meaning $4000 went to Uniting.

Uniting Gippsland executive officer Di Fisher, gratefully received a cheque from Gippsland Lodge secretary Dr Iain Nicolson.

“We are so thankful to the Gippsland Lodge, the Freemasons Benevolent Fund and to the other groups and businesses who have stepped forward to support us so far this year,” Ms Fisher said.

“We realise that it has been a difficult year for many, so that makes the support we have received all the more important.”

Uniting will work with the Sale Lions Club and other community organisations to help more than 150 families, including 350 children, as part of its Christmas appeal.

“As part of our Christmas Appeal we will help distribute both food, vouchers and gifts. We want all Gippsland Families to have something to enjoy over Christmas,” Ms Fisher said.

“We encourage individuals, families, community groups, schools and workplaces to support Gifts for Families and help us make sure there are gifts under every Christmas tree in our community.

“We thank all the individuals and businesses who have already committed their support this year and ask any other businesses who are interested in supporting this initiative to get in touch.

“If people would like to donate at our collection points there is still time. Otherwise people can also donate online to our local appeal.”

Donations can be made at

Collection points in Sale:

Uniting, 126 Raymond St

Uniting This n’ That Opportunity Shop, 407 Raymond St

Victoria Hall, 47 Macalister St

Our Past Times, 296 Raymond St

DMG Financial, 67-71 Foster St

Cobb & Co Stables, 199 Raymond St