Now in its seventh year, the gift appeal compiles new toys, sporting equipment, gift cards, books and more for children, teens and mothers who have fled violent households.
RizeUp Australia CEO Nicolle Edwards said the charity hoped to collect 20,000 gifts across Australia in 2022, with approximately 5,000 donations required in South-East Queensland alone.
“In many cases, people fleeing domestic and family violence enter refuge with nothing but the clothes on their backs, so they are often unable to afford everyday basics like food, clothing and housing, let alone Christmas gifts,” Ms Edwards said.
“It is heartbreaking to think that after enduring the trauma of family violence and having to leave their home and possessions behind, thousands of vulnerable children may also wake up without a gift to open on Christmas morning.”
Ms Edwards said with requests for assistance having increased by 33 per cent in 2022, RizeUp was hoping to make this year’s gift appeal its biggest yet.
“We are seeking more gifts than ever before and are so grateful to the community members and businesses who get behind the appeal each year and help to put smiles on the faces of people in need.
“Whether it’s donating a single gift or running a collection drive in the workplace, every contribution positively impacts the lives of people who are doing it tough.”
Hall Contracting was one of a range of businesses across Australia that rallied for the cause, donating $5,000 worth of gifts to kick off the 2022 appeal.
Hall Contracting CEO Cameron Hall said he was thrilled to be getting behind such a worthy charity and supporting those experiencing hardship within the local community.
“Having a pile of presents beneath the tree on Christmas morning is something many of us take for granted, but the reality is a large number of local families are doing it tough and sadly have to go without at Christmas time,” Mr Hall said.
“We’re proud to be throwing our support behind this incredible initiative and donating everything from books and toys, right through to bikes, skateboards, and scooters.
“In addition to our company donation, we have also invited our team members to donate gifts for a mum or child, and some staff have even opted to contribute funds from their weekly pay cheque to RizeUp.”
“We hope our efforts will encourage other businesses and community members to get in the giving spirit and support this year’s gift appeal.”
RizeUp assists approximately 5,000 people across Australia each year, delivering practical support to families affected by domestic and family violence. The charity supplies critical resources and school uniforms, furnishes new homes and assists with the costs of emergency relocation.
To donate to RizeUp’s 2022 Gift Appeal, please deliver gifts for women or children to the following Sunshine Coast collection points by 14 December:
- Carpet Court – Caloundra, 566 Kawana Way, Birtinya, QLD, 4575.
- Carpet Court – Suncoast, 2/27 Evans St, Maroochydore QLD 4558.
- Shingle Inn Sunshine Plaza, Shop Gd 149 Sunshine Plaza Shopping Ctr, Maroochydore.
A full list of collection points is available at www.rizeup.com.au.
Important things to note
- Please do not wrap gifts. This will allow RizeUp to direct each one to the most appropriate recipient.
- Please only donate new items.
- Please do not donate toy weapons or items that promote violence of any kind. Many of the children RizeUp assists have experienced family violence and may find these items distressing.
- Please do not donate food.