TOUGH times have seen a sharp drop in charitable contributions throughout Mackay and Queensland, meaning, for local charities finding financial and community support has never been more crucial to survive.
Leading many charities to foster greater links with local businesses, who also have vested interest in the local community, seeking to improve their profile and value to Mackay.
Crime Stoppers Mackay is a prime example of a local charity, providing support and assistance to help local communities in solving and preventing crime.
The organisation has a long history of working effectively alongside Mackay police within the community but as with all charities they need funding and community support to keep doing the work they do.
And through generous assistance from local companies Crime Stoppers have been able to do this, with support and donations raising both the profile and funds of the charity and its active role in the community.
Recently Crime Stoppers Mackay was the first organisation to benefit from local business New Pioneer Motors' new charitable project to further bolster ties between charity and business, by offering their dealership site, on the first Saturday of each month, to host a charitable sausage sizzle or other fundraising event. While the locally-owned and run Holden dealers will also donate $500 from every used car sold on the day to the charity.
Secretary of Mackay Crime Stoppers, Shirley Rowles said it was an awesome initiative different local charities could benefit from each month.
"It gives local charities the chance to register their interest to hold an event at a high-profile local business in New Pioneer, where everyone in the community benefits."
"Key to the continued positive efforts of charities is making people aware of the good they do. Crime Stoppers provides many benefits to the community, from crime prevention and solution through, phone and online services at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au to support in communities impacted by crime."
Like many charitable organisations, raising awareness brings support and funding to assist the local community, and linking with prominent local businesses means opportunity for the business and charities to highlight a local community focus.
For charities interested in the New Pioneer Holden initiative they can go to www.newpioneermotors.com.au/
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