The ABC Giving Tree, celebrating 30 years of generosity from the Tasmanian community, will be launched from 8.30 am Saturday during a live broadcast from the ABC Radio Hobart foyer hosted by presenters Ryk Goddard and Helen Shield.
Joining Ryk and Helen to launch the appeal will be 2018 Tasmanian Australian of the Year representatives, with support from attendees including Premier Will Hodgman, Speaker of the House Sue Hickey, the Hon Elise Archer MP, Cassy O’Conner MP and community representatives from across the state.
Following the launch event, ABC Hobart will open their doors to the public as they celebrate the 30th anniversary with an Open Day giving audiences the chance to tour the TV and radio studios, participate in ‘giant foosball’ , meet their favourite ABC presenters and drop off a Christmas gift or donation for families in need.
The ABC’s Giving Tree Appeal is the biggest Christmas charity in the state and over 30 years, it has supported nine charities to give disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Tasmanian community the chance to share the joy of Christmas.
From this Saturday until December 16, ABC Tasmania is encouraging people to donate money and gifts suitable for babies, children, young people and families to be distributed by the charities over the festive season.
New, unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at all ABC Centres, major Libraries and the three major UTAS campuses across the state.
Cash donations can be made via Everyday Hero and further information can be found at the ABC Radio Hobart and ABC Northern Tasmania websites.
This year, the ABC Giving Tree Appeal is calling for the following suggested donations for particularly for young people, and their families:
- Items for adults
- Food vouchers (food only, no alcohol)
- School holiday activity vouchers eg movie passes, bowling, playlands, etc.
- Gift cards aimed at teens
- Items for boys aged 9-12
The charities receiving and distributing the donations are the Launceston Benevolent Society, Launceston City Mission, St Vincent de Paul Society, The Salvation Army, Uniting Care Tasmania, Hobart City Mission, Mission Australia, Anglicare and Colony47.