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Unions join ABC to help vulnerable Tasmanians
FAMILIES are doing it tough this Christmas thanks to the Abbott and Hodgman governments: one in 10 Australians live in poverty and one in eight can’t pay their electricity bill.
Tasmania has the highest poverty figures in the country, with 15.1% living below the poverty line.
Federal and State Liberal cuts are already seeing more vulnerable Tasmanians accessing emergency relief. This Christmas cuts to education, health and jobs are leaving many families vulnerable.
This holiday season unions, led by United Voice, are joining together to raise funds and donations for the ABC Giving Tree. Join them!
What can you do?
• Make a gift or financial donation
• Talk to your colleagues about the giving tree
• Put up a collection poster and box at your work place
• Drop donations to your local union office
• Please do not give soft toys.
• Board games, puzzles, make-up, art and craft supplies and kits are great gifts.
• Outdoor and sporting equipment would be greatly appreciated.
• Store gift vouchers can be given.
• We ask you not to wrap donated gifts (we need to see what it is to make sure it goes to the right person), but donations of wrapping paper and sticky tape are very helpful.
• Donated gifts might be the only gift a child receives this Christmas, so it’s best if items are brand new.
• Non-perishable food items and groceries are urgently needed this Christmas. Donations of tinned food, cereals, treats and beverages can make a big difference to someone’s Christmas.
• All gifts put under ABC Giving Trees go to Tasmanians who are doing in tough and all cash donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
This initiative is being driven by United Voice.