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Rekindle the Christmas spirit

Thursday, 4th December, 2014

Silver City Quilters (left) Julie Hurst and Rebecca Doyle with their display as part of the YWCA Christmas tree decoration activities. Silver City Quilters (left) Julie Hurst and Rebecca Doyle with their display as part of the YWCA Christmas tree decoration activities.

By Emily Roberts

The YWCA wants community groups to reprise the lost local tradition of decorating Christmas trees.

Board secretary Sharyn Cakebread said the Y had invited various community organisations to decorate a Christmas tree and display it in the local centre’s hall.

“Each tree will have a donations box where members of the public can donate a coin and vote for the best tree,” Ms Cakebread said.

“The money within the donations box will be given to the relevant organisation at the end of the weekend.

“The intention of this activity is to allow the community to appreciate the efforts of these groups and to allow these organisations to have a fundraising activity.

“It will also benefit a range of children’s organisations and enable them to make purchases with the donations that they may not otherwise be able to afford within their budgets.”

Ms Cakebread said the YWCA used to run a similar competition some time ago.

“They did it many years ago, but it hasn’t been done for at least 10 years,” she said.

“The president suggested we start it up again, so we are starting up one of our traditions.”

Ms Cakebread said different community groups were happy to get together to decorate a tree.

“Our hall is looking very jolly,” she said.

Locals can pop into the hall over the weekend to make donations for the tree they like the best.

“It will be on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm,” Ms Cakebread said.

“I encourage everyone to come in and have a look, it all looks lovely.

“There will be donation boxes next to each tree.”

Groups taking part include the YWCA Girls Group, Girl Guides, Morgan Street School, Burke Ward Public School, Silver City Quilters, Alma Public School and Scouts.

“It’s all part of the Christmas celebration, come in before the pageant,” Ms Cakebread said.

WHAT: YWCA Christmas tree decoration competition

WHEN: Open to the public, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm

WHERE: YWCA building, 349 Blende Street

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