Riverside Lions Club president Brian Connolly and club member Michael Madden, Michael Vos from Vos Construction, and The Examiner’s editor, Martin Gilmour, with the $25,000 raised at Launceston’s Carols by Candlelight. Picture: SCOTT GELSTONTHE Northern Tasmanian spirit of giving has never been greater.
Nanjing Night Net

The Examiner’s 2011 Empty Stocking Appeal has reached almost $94,000 – making it the largest fund-raiser in the newspaper’s history.

And with three days to go until Christmas, your help is needed to crack the $100,000 mark.

A bit more than $6000 will put the Empty Stocking total into six figures for the first time ever.

All money donated to the appeal is split evenly between the Salvation Army, City Mission, St Vincent de Paul and the Benevolent Society.

It has been an exceptional response from a community that has weathered its fair share of financial hardship.

The appeal received a $35,000 injection yesterday – $25,000 coming from the weekend’s Carols by Candlelight in Launceston’s City Park, plus another $10,000 from the W. D. Booth Charitable Trust.

Wet weather put paid to the City Park carols 12 months ago, and rain again threatened to intervene last Sunday evening.

But a shower was never going to spoil what was a hugely successful evening for the Riverside Lions Club organisers.

“We were pretty lucky – it had four goes at raining throughout the night, but we still managed to keep going,” club president Brian Connolly said.

Yesterday’s donations: Riverside Lions Club (City Park Christmas Carols) $25,000, W. D. Booth Charitable Trust $10,000, Anonymous $200, A. F. $50, K. N. $50.

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