The Examiner’s Empty Stocking Appeal has raised a whopping $75,652.15, which is more than $25,000 over the $50,000 target.
With a generous last minute donation of $15,000 from the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise, raised at this year’s Carols by Candlelight in Launceston, the already above-target fund was pushed above $75,000.
“We had overwhelming support from the community and local businesses to make this year’s event such a success,” Carols by Candlelight chairman Danny Gibson said. “People had such a great time and really got into the spirit of Christmas at the Carols and we hope this donation goes some way to helping people who are doing it a bit tough have a good Christmas as well.
“We’re a small, young Rotary Club and this was our fourth time running Carols. We were thrilled and delighted with the large turnout and atmosphere.”
The annual appeal has been run by The Examiner since 1910 to assist local charities. Last year, it raised $57,000 for the Salvation Army, City Mission, St Vincent de Paul and the Launceston Benevolent Society to continue their community work.