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Generosity most welcome

Saturday, 17th December, 2011

GIFTS GALORE: Graphic Pre-Press Apprentice Holly Brennan surrounded by the hundreds of presents donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt GIFTS GALORE: Graphic Pre-Press Apprentice Holly Brennan surrounded by the hundreds of presents donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By Kurtis Eichler
Soaring living costs have made this year’s BDT Christmas Appeal more important than ever, the Salvation Army says.
“This year’s been a doozy with electricity prices going up and rent getting hard,” the Salvation Army’s Major Brenda Stace told the BDT.
“It will alleviate some of the pressure.”
Lifeline, St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army joined forces yesterday to tackle the task of collecting all the gifts donated to the BDT Christmas Appeal.
Hundreds of presents, carefully organised and stacked by the BDT’s own Holly Brennan, had been donated in the 24th year of the newspaper’s appeal.
Ms Stace said that Christmas not only hit families financially but in the form of peer pressure.
“The way it hits families hard is when kids get back to school and their friends ask ‘what did you get for Christmas?”
Children were under peer pressure to get the “latest phone or latest iPod,” she said.
The presents donated by the public since the appeal began on November 17 will be divided among the organisations and delivered to children before Christmas Day.
“The amount of food and toys I’ve seen in the last fortnight is overwhelming,” Ms Stace said.

Let’s light up the Hill

Tuesday, 6th December, 2011

BRING ON THE LIGHTS: Kerry Murray puts up her Christmas lights with the help of her grandchildren Paige and Cohan Berryman. BRING ON THE LIGHTS: Kerry Murray puts up her Christmas lights with the help of her grandchildren Paige and Cohan Berryman.

Kerry Murray admits getting a “buzz” out of putting on her prize-winning Christmas lights display.

The Wyman Street resident, who was one of three winners in last year’s Christmas Light Competition, will be at it again this year.

Mrs Murray said she doesn’t know why she puts so much effort into her lights display but admitted to possessing a bit of a creative streak.

Meet Katelyn, our Pageant Princess

Friday, 2nd December, 2011

PRINCESS: Katelyn Rudd has been crowned the Pageant Princess. PRINCESS: Katelyn Rudd has been crowned the Pageant Princess.

For 2011 Pageant Princess, Katelyn Rudd, the annual Christmas procession is all about the children.

“I like seeing the look on the little kids’ faces as they see Santa Claus,” Katelyn, who will be on the Girl Guides’ float, told the BDT.

The Willyama High School student will also help Father Christmas give lollies out to the children at the ‘Party in the Park’ following the pageant.

Xmas cheer

Friday, 25th November, 2011

COUNTDOWN: Sampson’s retail assistant Danika Honson readies the shop’s front window for Christmas. COUNTDOWN: Sampson’s retail assistant Danika Honson readies the shop’s front window for Christmas.

As Argent Street shop windows burst into life with Christmas colour, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the big day is fast approaching.

And with the Christmas countdown on in earnest, the BDT is getting into the giving spirit by offering our advertisers some extra special festive opportunities.

During the next three weeks we will be publishing a special 2011 Christmas City Shopping Feature and everyone is welcome to join in the spirit of the season.

Christmas in the air

Saturday, 19th November, 2011

FESTIVE SEASON: Essential Energy’s Chris Billings and Jarred Philpott hanging decorations along Argent Street. FESTIVE SEASON: Essential Energy’s Chris Billings and Jarred Philpott hanging decorations along Argent Street.

 Retailers are expecting Christmas decorations put up in town this week to spur on the shoppers as the festive season nears.

“I don’t think people have realised how close Christmas is,” said the chairman of City Traders, Peter Harvey.

But the music store owner said Council and Essential Energy’s erecting the Christmas tree and tinsel decorations in the CBD and Oxide Street could get them in the spirit.

“Council have been putting decorations up lately so maybe that will get people shopping.”

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