MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Brothers Cricket Club president Tim Kinanne, CRANES community support programs lifestyle coordinator families Michelle Allen, St Josephs Cowper business development manager Duncan McKimm with greyhound Johnno, St Josephs Cowper foster care coordinator Tonia FitzCosta with greyhound Cindy, CRANES operations director John Lysaught and Brothers Cricket Club secretary Durand Hartz at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club..
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Brothers Cricket Club president Tim Kinanne, CRANES community support programs lifestyle coordinator families Michelle Allen, St Josephs Cowper business development manager Duncan McKimm with greyhound Johnno, St Josephs Cowper foster care coordinator Tonia FitzCosta with greyhound Cindy, CRANES operations director John Lysaught and Brothers Cricket Club secretary Durand Hartz at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club.. Bill North

Bringing Christmas cheer to those who need it most

SEVERAL community groups have come together to make Christmas a little bit brighter this year for some of the Clarence Valley's most under-privileged children.

A pile of presents is rapidly building up under the Christmas tree at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club, ready to be distributed trackside at tonight's race meeting to deliver much-needed Christmas cheer this festive season.

Grafton Greyhound Racing Club has teamed up with Cranes Community Programs and St Joseph's Cowper in Grafton to distribute gifts to children in need of a special Christmas surprise.

"We've been doing a Christmas present drive for the children represented by these organisations," Grafton Greyhound Racing Club secretary Brad Ellis said.

"Not everyone can enjoy Christmas as much as others, so it's just our chance to give something back to the community."

Grafton Greyhound Racing Club committee members Terry Hickson and Brad Ellis with the huge pile of presents donated to the Send A Wish At Christmas Appeal, to be distributed at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club's race meeting this Monday, 12th December, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner
Grafton Greyhound Racing Club committee members Terry Hickson and Brad Ellis with the huge pile of presents donated to the Send A Wish At Christmas Appeal, to be distributed at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club's race meeting this Monday, 12th December, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner Bill North

Throughout December people have dropped presents into Kezas On Bent, Cetnaj Grafton and the club itself, while people can still bring gifts along tonight.

"Anything is a suitable gift," Ellis said. "It's not essential to wrap them; we can do that. But if you, just place a gift card to say the appropriate sex and age group.

"You can even give a small cash donation. We have a present coordinator who knows what to shop for."

For more information on present donations phone Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on 6642 3713.

Ellis said the club had even received donations from interstate greyhound trainers, while other greyhound tracks around the state were doing similar initiatives.

The recipients will be children from the Cranes and St Joseph's Cowper programs and the presents will be distributed to those organisations accordingly during the evening. Meanwhile, the children will attend a Kids Party at the track with face painting, jumping castle and Santa handing out gifts.

"This makes a huge difference for our kids who are not home at Christmas," St Josephs Cowper business development manager Duncan McKimm said.

Brothers Cricket Club players and supporters will also contribute to the night, which doubles as the club's Sponsors Night and Christmas Party.



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