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Shining a Ray of Light this 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 to help disadvantaged people who may need a little extra light in their festive season.

The Ray White team are calling on the local community to embrace the giving season and dig deep for children who need it most.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve run ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ and we want 2018 to be our biggest year yet. Last year we collected over 500 gifts and to think we can help make a difference to that many people at this time of year is a great feeling,” said Ray White Director, John Catanzariti.

“We urge everyone who is able to bring in a gift in for those families who are less fortunate or make a money donation at our office and we are happy to buy on your behalf.”

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

“Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos due to the increased financial pressure at this time with extra bills, upcoming back to school costs, special meals, and holiday activities for the children, added onto everyday living expenses.  Support from the community means we can provide gifts to those who would otherwise go without,” Dora said.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.

“As we move into the festive season it is essential that we remember those less fortunate than ourselves.  The festive season calls us to think of others,” said Mark Miatello, principal from St Gabriel’s Primary School who will be joining Ray White to collect gifts this year.

“I think it’s important that our students and their families have the opportunity to “give back” and be of service to others, especially during this time of the year,” he said.

St Gabriel’s is just one of the multiple schools supporting the campaign this year, with Reservoir West Primary school also helping collect the for the second year running.

“It was so successful last year and we are thrilled to be involved again,” said Reservoir West Primary Principal, Bruce Kearney.

“It is such a great way for our students to develop an understanding that not all children are as fortunate as they are, and to assist the community in a really constructive way.

“To see such amazing support from our local schools is something we are so thankful for,” said other Ray White Director, Arthur Mitsinikos.

“We love that 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 or Ray White Preston at 363 High Street, Preston.

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