Winter Relief 2017: Robert Fergusson Family Foundation donates $8000 to The Examiner's appeal

FAMILY TIES: Robert Fergusson Family Foundation's Mary Fergusson and Margot Smart are celebrating the foundation's $8000 donation. Picture: Paul Scambler

FAMILY TIES: Robert Fergusson Family Foundation's Mary Fergusson and Margot Smart are celebrating the foundation's $8000 donation. Picture: Paul Scambler

Importance of community is one thing that has passed down through the generations of the Launceston- based Fergusson family.

Family stalwart Margot Smart said her brother Bob always spoke about how important it was to support the community after it supported the family’s business since 1937.

“In nearly everything, I always agreed with my brother,” she said.

In order to fulfil their family’s legacy to the community, the family established the Robert Fergusson Family Foundation about nine years ago.

In the nine years it has been operating, the foundation has always supported The Examiner’s Winter Relief Appeal.

This year was no different, with a donation of $8000 made to this year’s appeal.

While Robert Fergusson as a business has spread its wings across Tasmania, the Fergusson family has always found its roots in Launceston.

Mary Fergusson, Bob’s wife, said while they liked to travel, the family were always happy to come home to Launceston.

She said Launceston had a great atmosphere and it had all the amenities of a big city, without being too big.

Winter Relief was launched on Sunday with The Examiner partnering once again with City Mission, the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and the Launceston Benevolent Society.

The relief appeal aims to provide the four charity partners with funds so they can help assist those who are accessing their services during the winter months.

This year, The Examiner has set a $50,000 fundraising goal and the $8000 donation is a great start.

Mrs Fergusson said she wanted to challenge other businesses to get on board to support the campaign.

“We would like to see other businesses get involved, whether its a 5c drive by a local school or a big business donation, every dollar counts,” she said.

Mrs Fergusson and Mrs Smart said the foundation supported the campaign because of its local focus.

“We know it will go to local charities and people who need it at a time of year when its tough,” they said.

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