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A Community United for the Festive Season

By Heather Mellican

This Christmas, Ray White will continue its popular tradition of giving with the return of ‘A Little Ray of Giving’.

The inspiring Christmas campaign will see Ray White Reservoir & Ray White Preston partner with Salvation Army Preston and the local community to help disadvantaged people who may need a little extra light in their festive season.

“This is our fifth year running ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ and we have watched it grow from strength to strength each year with the support of our local community,” said Ray White Director, Arthur Mitsinikos.

“Last year we had our biggest year yet, collecting 620 gifts and we would love to top that record again and help bring a smile to a child’s face who may otherwise go without.”

Ray White is urging the local community to either bring in a gift to their office or make a money donation to go toward gifts for those families who are less fortunate at this time of year.

Dora Solima, Manager of Preston Community Support Services at the Salvation Army is thrilled to be part of the campaign for the fourth consecutive year.

“Here at The Salvation Army Preston Doorways we use this quote at Christmas by Aesop – No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” she said.

“We are really happy to support Ray White in this initiative for another year and ask the community to please donate what you can. Every little bit helps and we would love if you can help us bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas.”

The local community has played a huge part in the success of the campaign in previous years and this year will be no different, with plenty of local businesses and schools also onboard to help with the campaign.

Functional training program, F45 Reservoir has been one of the campaign biggest supporters for the past two years.

“F45 is all about community and we love to give where we can. Kids love the excitement and magic of Christmas so we were honoured to be asked to support this campaign once again for the opportunity to help families and bring a smile to their children’s faces,” said F45 Reservoir owner, Nicole De Giorgio

“This couldn’t be achieved without the Ray White team, so a big thank you to them for all the effort that goes into this and battling the Christmas madness at the shops!”

Local school support has also been a huge part of the campaign for the past five years, with Kingsbury Primary School jumping on board for their first year.

“Our core school values strongly revolve around learning, respect, teamwork and friendship and we strongly encourage our students to support each other as well as families in our wider community,” Principal, Christine Campbell said.

“It’s great to encourage our students to support fellow children who are less fortunate at Christmas time. We hope that this will brighten up a child’s life and let them know that our students care about them,” she said.

“To see such amazing support from our local businesses and schools is something we are so thankful for,” said Arthur Mitsinikos.

“We love that together with the local community, we can make Christmas a little brighter for a child who may otherwise go without.”

Ray White has run this initiative across Australia and New Zealand each December since 2012. Last year more than 300 offices across Australia and New Zealand helped raise 30,000 gifts for disadvantaged families this Christmas.

If you would like to contribute to the campaign please deliver a gift to Ray White Reservoir at 286 Broadway, Reservoir.

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