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Generosity boosts Geelong Giving Tree Appeal tally to all-time high

While the cost of living has made the festive season tougher on most, it has not deterred local organisations, businesses, schools, kindergartens and individuals from sharing kindness this Christmas.

The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal has raised more than $130,000 to support individuals and families seeking support through Meli, the Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre and other organisations across the region.

This means a brighter Christmas for about 1900 people, including children, who are experiencing hardship this festive season.

“Thank you to everyone who donated, including those who bought a Kindness Chocolate, ran a fundraiser at their business or kinder and, of course, to our incredibly generous partners,” Meli CEO Grant Boyd said.

“Meli, alongside other local organisations, will be able to support more households than ever before, ensuring a brighter festive season for those in our community who need it most.

“We are lucky to live in such a kind community that is the Geelong region.”

Helen Bolton, CEO of The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre, also applauded the generosity of the Geelong region which she said had made an incredible impact for adults and children seeking their services.

“We share our heartfelt appreciation to the community, our partners and fundraisers who have gone above and beyond in supporting the Geelong Giving Tree Appeal,” she said.

“With your support, we are able to share with our clients, a sense of community and connection this Christmas.”


The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal was supported by generous partners including Cleanaway, Anthony Costa Foundation, Bisinella Developments, Geelong Connected Communities, GMHBA, Goodway Print Group, West Carr & Harvey, Nightingale Home Care, Benefit Geelong, City of Greater Geelong and the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, as well as media partners Times News Group and Bay 93.9.


Photo of Geelong Giving Tree fundraisers Cheer Geelong courtesy of Times News Group.

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