Property developer AVID Property Group (AVID) and youth homelessness charity the Property Industry Foundation, have thrown their combined support behind Act for Kids this holiday season, through a Christmas Gift Drive for kids in need.
Having started on Monday 6 November, the collection runs until Saturday 9 December. Christmas giving trees will be set up and on display at select AVID Queensland communities to encourage residents and locals to donate gifts for children who have experienced or are vulnerable to abuse and neglect.
For the past 35 years, Act for Kids has provided therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced or are at risk of child abuse and neglect – including one in every 32 Australian kids who receive child protection services1.
CEO of Act for Kids Dr Katrina Lines said the charity was thrilled to partner with AVID and the Property Industry Foundation to help make a tangible impact on children at risk of abuse and neglect.
“We know that Australian families have faced a tough year with cost-of-living pressures and many children will not experience the joy of finding presents under a Christmas tree,” Dr Lines said.
“We’re incredibly grateful for AVID and the Property Industry Foundation’s generous donation of Christmas gifts, which we will give to the many children we have helped this year.”
AVID General Manager Queensland Anthony Demiris said the developer welcomed the opportunity to be able to call on its residents and network to support those most vulnerable this Christmas.
“This year’s Christmas Gift Drive provides a great opportunity for our residents to back an important organisation but more specifically support children during a time that is special for many families,” Mr Demiris said.
“We’d encourage anyone who can to purchase a gift and pop it under their local AVID giving tree to help make this holiday season a little brighter for children and families who need it.
“AVID are proud to have partnered with Act for Kids for more than six years now – it’s partnerships, like this, that stem back to our community minded philosophy and strong commitment to addressing growing societal and industry issues.”
In a bid to generate awareness for Act for Kids, AVID have also teamed up with its national partner the Property Industry Foundation to promote the Christmas Gift Drive and provide education around keeping children safe and away from harm.
Queensland State Manager of the Property Industry Foundation Antoinette Rusby-Perera said the foundation also has a longstanding relationship with Act for Kids.
“Since 2015, the Property Industry Foundation has donated over $650k in funding to Act for Kids and assisted in the delivery of the recently opened Moreton Centre located in Morayfield, north of Brisbane,” Ms Rusby-Perera said.
“While Christmas is a wonderful time for families, it can be a challenging time for the most vulnerable. We are so pleased to be able to continue our relationship with Act for Kids with the help of our corporate partner AVID – to help put a smile on those who would have otherwise gone without this Christmas.”
Christmas Giving Trees will be located at the following AVID Queensland communities Sales & Information Centres for residents and locals to donate gifts:
- Harmony: Palmview, QLD
- Covella: Greenbank, QLD
- Amara: Ormeau. QLD
- AVID Property Group Brisbane Office: Brisbane City, QLD
Residents are encouraged to purchase a gift and Christmas card appropriate for children aged one to eighteen years (including books, Lego, vouchers, as well as arts and crafts.
No harmful products can be donated (including plastic toy knives, swords or foam dart guns). Residents need to avoid wrapping the gifts, but gift bags are welcomed.