Christmas all wrapped up for a worthy cause

WHY WOULD you wrap Christmas presents yourself when someone else can do it for you, all the while helping a worthy cause?

That is the question local volunteer Cathy Neely is asking as she prepares to take part in her second annual Centro Christmas Gift Wrapping Campaign to raise money for MS Australia.

From December 17 until Christmas Eve, volunteers will wrap gifts in exchange for a donation that will go towards helping people with multiple sclerosis.

Ms Neely said volunteers were still being sought to help out in Dubbo. 

“Men or women, it doesn’t matter, and it is OK if you can’t stay all day. Half an hour or two hours a day is fine. You don’t need any experience, and it’s all appreciated,” she said.

Ms Neely said volunteering to wrap gifts was both an enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding experience.

“It’s a lot of fun, and you can bring a friend along with you if you like,” she said.

“A couple of mother and daughter teams have registered. We also had some teachers from St John’s come in.

“It’s the simplest thing, and putting a ribbon or a bow on a gift can really put a smile on someone’s face.”

Ms Neely, who has dyed her hair red and green especially for the Christmas season, said the volunteers could “wrap just about everything”.

“Last year it was mainly toys, and there were a lot of men bringing in gifts that they planned to give to their partners,” she said.

“We also helped Santa wrap quite a few toys too.”

Ms Neely said people had been very generous with their donations in Dubbo last year.

“We were getting loose change but also a lot of notes as well. It all adds up,” she said.  People who would like to volunteer to be gift wrappers must register online via the website

For more information about becoming a gift wrapper in Dubbo, contact Cathy Neely on 0400 312 562.

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