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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Operation Christmas Child

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.42): I rise this evening to speak about Operation Christmas Child, a project coordinated by Samaritan's Purse. Samaritan's Purse is a non-profit Christian organisation providing emergency relief and development assistance to people in need around the world. Operation Christmas Child brings practical help to children living in poverty. It involves a donation of a shoebox filled with simple gifts for a child who might otherwise not receive a present.

Since 1993, more than 130 million children in over 150 nations have received Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts donated through individuals, families, schools, businesses and other groups. Donors are asked to fill a shoebox with gifts from each of six categories: something to wear, such as a T-shirt, shorts or a hat; something to play with, such as a ball; something for school, such as pens, pencils or paper; something to love, such as a stuffed toy or doll; something special, like a carry bag or sunglasses; and something for personal hygiene, such as soap and a face washer.

I had the privilege of launching the 2016 ACT appeal for Operation Christmas Child on 16 July. When launching the appeal I mentioned that these days with so many charities competing for our attention, our time and our money, it is easy to get confused and to lose track of all the good work being done in our community.

I think Operation Christmas Child has really cut through because of the personal and unique way that you actually can give something very tangible to somebody so far away. The project is made possible by many volunteers that assist with the distribution of boxes, collection, processing, logistics, promotion and many other components of this very complex logistical exercise.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the organisations and individuals that give so generously and to those who help ensure that Operation Christmas Child continues to be a success. I would like to put on the record my appreciation for the work done by Deepa Obed, the regional manager for the ACT and south New South Wales region for Operation Christmas Child.

In closing, I urge all people, all members of the Assembly, to consider getting involved in this very worthy cause. More information can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org.au.


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