The magic of Christmas to be spread to those less fortunate through virtual Mayoral Christmas Tree
With the countdown starting to Christmas, Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore has used a Mayoral Minute at last night’s ordinary Council meeting to launch a virtual Mayoral Christmas Tree for the 2020 festive season.
The Mayoral Christmas Tree is a long-running initiative to encourage local businesses and residents to come together to support everyone in our community to have a merry Christmas through physical donations of gifts and non-perishable food items. But due to COVID-19, Cr Moore said the 2020 appeal would virtual with a donation made to local charities instead.
Cr Moore said $2,000 from Singleton Council’s Community Support Package would be shared among four organisations – The Salvation Army Singleton, Samaritans Foundation, Singleton Neighbourhood Centre and St Vincent De Paul Society.
“2020 has been a particularly hard year for a lot of families in Singleton – from the drought, bushfires and then to the COVID-19 pandemic – and Christmas can be an added pressure for people already doing it tough,” she said.
“The people of Singleton have a tradition of giving generously to those in need of a helping hand, but this year we thought it would be more fitting to make a contribution on behalf of everyone through our Community Support Package to help those organisations deliver a merry Christmas to everyone in our LGA.
“A virtual Mayoral Christmas Tree is a wonderful way we can support each other to make sure the magic of Christmas touches everyone.”
And while the current NSW Government restrictions on community events means that Singleton’s annual Christmas on John Street will not go ahead in 2020, Cr Moore said people could still partake in festive cheer in Singleton’s Town Centre.
“We will be decking the streets of our Town Centre this year, including a new location for our town Christmas tree, which will be erected in Pritchard Park on 1 December instead of Bailey Union Park due to the upgrades associated with the John Street – Stage Two project,” she said.
“Our friends from the Rotary Club of Singleton will be assisting us spread the spirit of Christmas by lighting up John Street and Pritchard Park with twinkle lights to bring evening ambiance and holiday cheer.
“What’s more, in our ongoing partnership with the Singleton Business Chamber to promote local businesses and the Spend in Singleton program, a number of initiatives will be rolled out over the coming weeks to encourage everyone to shop local in the countdown to Christmas.
“Our shopkeepers will be competing for the most festive shop window display, and Santa’s little helpers will be hiding in shop windows for the kids to spot as well. By scanning the QR code on the posters of participating businesses, shoppers can win one of five $250 Spend in Singleton gift cards just for spotting the an elf, while shop owners have a chance to win a share of $1,500 for their display.
“This is the perfect time to show our loved ones how much they are appreciated, and to boost local businesses with a range of gift ideas to suit everyone. But if you do have someone who’s hard to buy for, you can pick up a Spend in Singleton gift card and let them treat themselves at more than 100 businesses covering everything from retail, experiences to dining and cellar doors.”
For more information about the Spend in Singleton program and Christmas initiatives, including where to redeem gift cards, visit W spendinsingleton.com.au