Christmas Appeal: Businesses chip in with food, cash and gifts

Several Rotorua businesses have come onboard with The Daily Post Christmas Appeal for the Salvation Army foodbank, donating more than $1000 worth of cash, food and gifts between them.

Skyline Rotorua has donated five family passes worth a total of almost $500 while Harcourts Rotorua donated $250 to the appeal.

McDonald's Rotorua has donated $100 and owner Lynley Pary urged other local businesses to also donate.

One of Rotorua's newest tourism businesses, Rotorua Canopy Tours, donated $100, with owner James Fitzgerald saying the Salvation Army did a good job in the Rotorua community.

APR Consultants has donated $50.

The Rotorua branch of the Department of Conservation has donated 51 items of food while Waiariki Institute of Technology's School of Nursing has donated 30 food items.

Tipu Ora head office registered nurse Lexia Rapana said the 32 staff had forgone their Secret Santa this year and each of them were instead buying a $10 to $15 gift to donate to the appeal.

Ms Rapana said she went into Rotorua's Michael Hill jewellers and was talking to one of their staff about what they were doing and staff there had done a quick "whip round" and donated $115 to the appeal.

Donations to The Daily Post Christmas Appeal for the Salvation Army foodbank can be made at our Hinemoa St office between 8am and 5pm on weekdays. People can donate money or non-perishable food.

Food donations can also be made at the Salvation Army's Community Ministries at Community House on Haupapa St.

If any organisations or individuals are organising a can drive or fundraising event, please let us know by contacting reporter Abigail Hartevelt; phone (07) 348 6199, ext 57049 or email

- Rotorua Daily Post

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