Time to spread cheer

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Dec-2016

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Gift time: Lisa Chesters with helper Max. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN
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IT will be a tough Christmas for some Bendigo families, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, who cites a 75-year high in inequality and the highest ever recorded underemployment in Australia.

Ms Chesters has called on Bendigonians to help support local families this Christmas, by donating a gift to the Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centre in Kangaroo Flat where it will be passed on to a family in need.

“Earlier this year I visited the centre and was really moved by the people I met and the level of need in the community,” Ms Chesters said.

“At this time of year, for some of us, there’s a mad Christmas rush as we juggle end-of-year celebrations, last-minute shopping and preparations.

“Sadly, for a number of central Victorians, Christmas is a time of stress, a time when financial hardship and family breakdown are felt most keenly.”

Donations can be dropped off at Ms Chesters’ Williamson Street office, or in the collection box at Kangaroo Flat Champions IGA.

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