Leteesha Walker, 17, and Taylah Otto, 9, receive gifts from Larry McCulloch and Leanne Brown.
Leteesha Walker, 17, and Taylah Otto, 9, receive gifts from Larry McCulloch and Leanne Brown. Claudia Baxter

Gifts to help needy children

WHEN Goodna Youth Services and personal training business Fit Room Services put out the call for presents for local children, they didn’t expect it to be answered so quickly.

Fit Room manager Larry McCulloch said the organisation teamed up with The Base Youth Agency for a second year to raise money to purchase presents for children who otherwise would not receive a Christmas gift.

“After seeing the smiles brought to children’s faces last year, there was never a doubt I would do it again this year,” Mr McCulloch said. “It was the most rewarding day since becoming a business owner.

“What we had created brought smiles to people’s faces that we could see were absolutely struggling, in a time a lot of us take for granted.”

Mr McCulloch said this year the appeal had catered to 24 boys and girls aged between nine and 17, spanning an area from Ripley through to Ipswich, with the community coming on board to fund the donation.

He said recipients were all clients of the community organisation.

“A lot of their clients are homeless or they have had trouble with family or the justice system,” Mr McCulloch said.

Mr McCulloch said, as a father of five, it was a cause close to his heart.

“Like any parent, I want the best for my children and I’d like to think that if the chips were down for my family, someone could do the same for me.”

Goodna Youth Services lead counsellor Leanne Brown said it was rewarding to see the youths receive the gifts.

“This time of the year is hard for a number of families,” she said.

“Many of them try to do what they can, but this just gives them a little something extra.”



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