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Christmas season begins at Australian Parliament House

Thursday, 25 November 2021 in Event

This year has again been challenging for many Australians, with the global pandemic again affecting how we live, work and play.

As we do each year, Australian Parliament House will be raising funds during the festive season for two charities who do important work in the community.

The Christmas Giving Tree in the Marble Foyer of Australian Parliament House has been lit today with the Senate President, Senator the Hon. Slade Brockman and the Speaker, the Hon Andrew Wallace announcing the charities which will receive donations.

This year the charities being supported are the Food Centre in South Australian and the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC).

James Chapman, Food Centre CEO said that ‘the Food Centre is very humbled and honoured to have been selected by Parliament House as one of this year's Giving Tree charity recipients. There has been a very significant increase in demand for food relief and financial support families in the community because of the ongoing hardships directly linked to the impact of COVID-19 and escalation in Food Insecurity.’

Robyn Forester, AILC CEOsaid ‘the AILC is delighted and proud to be a recipient of the Parliament House Giving Tree, along with The Food Centre, another organisation making meaningful change. As a National Indigenous Leadership Centre, we believe in the future of our people, and creating more opportunities for our mob to lead in every aspect of Australian life.’

‘This contribution will enable us to support more students to access accredited and non-accredited courses in leadership, governance and mentoring,’ said Ms Forester.

Visitors to Parliament House will be able to support the campaign by donating via the QR codes next to Christmas trees located around the building.

Last year $7,960 was raised for Friends with Dignity and Community First Development.

From December 4, when the building reopens to the public, visitors will be able to experience the festive season in style, as the Queen’s Terrace Café hosts a series of themed a la carte lunches and dinners.

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