: Coming together for the Adopt-a-Family appeal are Salvation Army captain Ed Henderson, Daily Examiner general manager Graham
: Coming together for the Adopt-a-Family appeal are Salvation Army captain Ed Henderson, Daily Examiner general manager Graham

Make a family?s Christmas


HER only wish was to spend one final Christmas in the comfort of her own house.

Jean (not her real name) was diagnosed with breast cancer two months before Christmas last year and was told she was not going to live past February.

Her doctors suggested she move out of her un-airconditioned home, because it would be too uncomfortable, and into a care facility.

But she didn't want to do that and didn't have to.

Last year's Adopt-A-Family Christmas Appeal, run by local charities and The Daily Examiner, helped her situation and, because of sponsors who came to her aid, she was able to stay in her house.

The Salvation Army's captain Ed Henderson said Jean, who was in her 60s and had no family when she was diagnosed, was overwhelmed with the help she was given.

"The number of sponsors who came aboard was fantastic," Capt Henderson said. "They gave her extra linen, Christmas gifts and even an air-conditioner.

"And a local tradesman volunteered his time to install the air-conditioning unit," he said.

"When we told her about what her sponsors were doing for her, she sat down and shed tears. She wasn't expecting any help, but was really grateful for what she received."

Adopt-a-Family is this year being supported by the Salvation Army, Lifeline, Christ Church Cathedral and Grafton Care, who will distribute packages to the families in need on behalf of sponsors.

The Daily Examiner has teamed with former rugby league legend Shane Webcke to promote this year's Christmas appeal.

"I've lived through Christmas as a kid where we didn't have much," Mr Webcke said. "It's not a material thing, but kids associate Christmas with a day of celebration and it's pretty hard to do that with no pres- ents and no food on the table."



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