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Author: Craig Eardley

Giving Tree unveiled to grant Illawarra kids vital equipment for better health and independence

People of the Illawarra are being called upon to join in and bring some love and laughter to sick, disabled or disadvantaged kids by helping KidzWish, Greater Building Society and Stockland Shellharbour to create the new KidzWish Giving Tree.

Find out more about the Greater KidzWish Giving Tree here.

The tree and wall on which it is located was unveiled today by 18 year old KidzWish ambassadors, Shellharbour Mayor, Cr Marianne Saliba, KidzWish founder Chris Bevan, Greater Building Society Shellharbour manager Brendan White and Stockland Shellharbour centre assistant marketing manager Hayley Griffiths. 

Mrs Bevan said people who make a donation of $5, $10 or $20 at any of the Greater’s six Illawarra branches or the Stockland Shellharbour Customer Service Desk will have a personalised leaf placed on the tree. She said the aim is to raise an additional $35,000 on top of $25,000 already donated by The Greater for KidzWish’s Love and Laughter Appeals program.

“The funds raised will be distributed back to Illawarra children and their families in the form of grants to purchase equipment or services to improve their general health and independence,” Mrs Bevan said.

“We’ve already provided seven young kids with $13,615 worth of equipment from basketball wheelchairs to ipads for communication to medical equipment,” she said. 

Greater CEO Scott Morgan said supporting the KidzWish Giving Tree is another way The Greater is putting its profits back into the Illawarra and supporting the great work of this important local charity. He encouraged local people and businesses to join the Greater and Stockland in helping KidzWish to improve the lives of sick and disadvantaged children and their families in the Illawarra.

Greater Shellharbour branch manager Brendan White said every day we help people to grow their savings or be a step closer to realising their dream of owning a home, but it is also important that we help grow our community.

“One way to help build a community is by supporting those who need a helping hand to be healthy and more independent,” Mr White said. 

“The Greater has donated the roots and trunk and I encourage the generous people of the Illawarra to come into one of our branches and help get this tree growing strongly.”

Mayor Saliba said it is inspiring to see such commitment from business and organisations, working together for the benefit of the community.

"Kidzwish provide a fantastic service to people in the region, particularly to families in Shellharbour City and I commend the business people involved for their support in this project," Cr Saliba said.

Find out more about the Greater KidzWish Giving Tree here.