Warrnambool and District Food Share launches Christmas appeal

Warrnambool and District Food Share will deliver some festive cheer along with its food hampers this Christmas.

The not-for-profit group is launching its Christmas appeal and calling on the community to donate festive treats for those doing it tough.

On tour: Warrnambool and District Food Share's Dedy Friebe and Santa go for a ride with Don King, from Down Under Trike Tours, to help promote Food Share's Christmas  Appeal. Picture: Rob Gunstone

On tour: Warrnambool and District Food Share's Dedy Friebe and Santa go for a ride with Don King, from Down Under Trike Tours, to help promote Food Share's Christmas Appeal. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Executive officer Dedy Friebe took to the streets this week on a three-wheel trike with Santa himself on board to help promote the Food Share cause.

“We want to get everyone to start thinking about Christmas and those in the community who are less fortunate,” he said.

Warrnambool and District Food Share expects to pack about 130 Christmas hampers this year.

“For that to happen we need about 3000 kilograms of goodies,” Mr Friebe said.

“Each year in Christmas week we try to add an additional Christmas hamper to our daily hampers to provide some Christmas cheer to needy families.”

Mr Friebe encouraged people to donate treats such as chocolates, bon-bons and puddings to help struggling families celebrate the festive season.

“It’s about supporting needy families at Christmas and providing families that don’t have the money with some special Christmas items,” he said.

Mr Friebe said businesses, schools and churches across the Warrnambool district were already showing support for the Christmas food drive.

Donations can be dropped off at Food Share bins at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, at Ceebeks Business Solutions for Good at 25 Banyan Street, and at the Food Share depot on Harrington Road.

Ceebeks Business Solutions for Good’s Chris Beks organised the trike ride promotion and said it was a way of incorporating some Christmas flair into an important community message.

Mr Beks said as well as being a drop-off point for Food Share Christmas donations, the business was also receiving more general Christmas gifts to give to children in need.