On Tuesday a very generous person (or generous people) dropped a cheque for $5000 into The Examiner’s office for our 2018 Empty Stocking Appeal.
They did not want to be named, and did not want us to write a story about them, but just wanted to help those who are less fortunate this Christmas.
We respect their anonymity, but want that generous benefactor, or benefactors, to know we appreciate every one of those 5000 dollars – and we know those people in our community who need extra support at this time of year will appreciate it too.
Almost two weeks has passed since we launched our 2018 Appeal, which raises money for Launceston charities City Mission, The Salvation Army, The Benevolent Society and St Vincent de Paul.
This is the 110th year The Examiner has run the Empty Stocking Appeal and in 2018 our aim is to raise $80,000.
We know this is a big goal – and it is $20,000 above our 2017 fundraising goal – but we also know the generosity of Northern Tasmanians.
You are so generous that our $60,000 goal for last year was smashed.
After counting all the donations received in the month before Christmas, we announced in January this year that the 2017 Appeal had raised $90, 281.41.
Are we being ambitious in our 2018 fundraising target?
But we don’t think this ambition is unwarranted.
After all, the Northern Tasmanian community surpassed the goal for 2017, so why not do it again?
We know it’s possible.
It is people like our anonymous donor from Tuesday; or Philip Kuruvita, who is aiming to raise $5000 through $100 donations via participants in his latest book, Families of Launceston; and even Launceston’s Carols by Candlelight, held by the Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise, which raised $16,000 for our Appeal last year; who all help.
All those donations of $1, $10, $20, up to $5000 and more all add up – and we are grateful that you help us do it.