Cairns to the Cape

Cairns to the Cape

We are excited to be partnering with Churches of Christ in Queensland for our new Cairns to the Cape Christmas Appeal! Help us bring joy to children, young people, foster and kinship carers across Cape York this Christmas.

What is Cairns to the Cape?

The Churches of Christ in QLD Children, Youth and Families division is based in Cairns and serves all foster children and families in Aurukun, Pormpuraaw, Kowanyama, Weipa, Napranum, Mapoon and Lockhart River. Children belong in safe and caring homes, but families are complicated and some face significant challenges that mean it’s not safe for children and young people to remain at home. Even while children cannot stay at home, Churches of Christ in Queensland support them to build positive, healthy relationships with their family through the committed support of foster and kinship carers. It is thanks to these dedicated individuals and families that children and young people are able to grow and find belonging in their community. And our church is going to bless and encourage them by sending a Christmas gift pack for each person!

How do I participate?

It’s super simple:

  1. Choose your gift recipient/s from the list
  2. Get their personalised gift bag from us
  3. Go shopping!
  4. Return the bag by Sunday 8th November

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the recipients know who bought the gifts for them?
Churches of Christ Queensland workers will personally deliver the gift bag you have filled to each family and explain where the gifts are from. Each gift bag contains a small Christmas card which you or your family can sign (first names only or surnames only please, e.g. From the Smith Family, or from Tom and Kate).

Is there anything I am not allowed to buy?
Please do not include aerosol cans, medicine, vitamins, used clothes, anything easily breakable or food that melts easily or will perish before Christmas time. You can wrap gifts but don’t fully seal the wrapping as each item needs to be checked by staff before delivery.

Can I put in bibles, scriptures, or items about Jesus?
We want to respect and honour the reality that some Aboriginal communities may still suffer effects of historical harm by churches. Our goal is not to evangelise, but to show a simple expression of love and generosity – the recipients will know the gifts come from a church community who cares.

Can you give me ideas of what to buy?
You are free to buy whatever you like but be mindful of the age and gender of the person you are buying for. There are suggestions on the cards that come with your gift bag. These additional ideas might help:

HOT TIP – Anything footy, AFL or Cowboys is greatly prized in the Cape! Pre-packaged Christmas Gift sets are also a good idea.

CHILDREN – Hairbrush, comb, hair ties, fancy toothbrush & toothpaste, deodorant/bath or body lotion, books, toys, sport, hobby items, craft kits.

TEENAGERS – headphones, speakers, online shopping cards, comics, jewellery.

ADULTS – Mug or tea set, candles, bbq gear, body lotion, bath or shaving set, hats, thongs, shirts, jewellery, puzzles, craft, gardening, fishing, journal, stationary or bag.

I have more questions or need help.
Contact us at office@thelakes.org.au or (07) 4032 4411 and we will get back to you asap.

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