Goaty Hill Wines donates to Empty Stocking Appeal

CHRISTMAS CAUSE: Goaty Hill Wines partner Natasha Nieuwhof. The winery's A Day at the Goat event raised more than $1500 for The Examiner's Empty Stocking Appeal. Picture: Scott Gelston

CHRISTMAS CAUSE: Goaty Hill Wines partner Natasha Nieuwhof. The winery's A Day at the Goat event raised more than $1500 for The Examiner's Empty Stocking Appeal. Picture: Scott Gelston

A big crowd at November’s A Day at the Goat has translated into a big win for the Launceston community, with Goaty Hill Wines presenting a cheque totalling more than $1500 to The Examiner’s Empty Stocking Appeal.

Goaty Hill Wines partner Natasha Nieuwhof made the donation on Thursday after volunteers collected donations from the 900-strong crowd who attended last month’s event in Kayena.

Mrs Nieuwhof said a cracking spell of weather had paved the way for a massive turnout at the event. 

“We just asked people whether they could donate and whether it was five cents or $50 it didn't really matter because it was about doing something for the community,” Mrs Nieuwhof said.  

“We can get four seasons in one day for this event and we were very fortunate that this time the weather was magnificent and we really saw that people voted with their feet by coming out and supporting it.”

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Mrs Nieuwhof said the appeal was a great way to sow back into the community. 

“We rely on lots of volunteers and family and friends to help pull it all together so we're very appreciative of everybody's support and the least we can do is give back to the community through the Empty Stocking Appeal.”

The Examiner's Empty Stocking Appeal is aiming to raise between $50,000 and $75,000 for the Launceston Benevolent Society, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and City Mission ahead of Christmas. 

Donations for the Empty Stocking Appeal can be made at The Examiner’s office at 113 Cimitiere Street, Launceston.

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