Help CASPA care for kids this Xmas

Surrounded by a selection of goodies that will be on sale at the CASPA Christmas Shop are (l-r) Friends of CASPA volunteers Vera Bourne, Sue Wilkins (chairperson), Ann Clapham, Helen Bryant and Chris Foster (CASPA acting general manager).

Over the years Vera Bourne has gained quite a reputation for making the very best Christmas puddings and cakes in Lismore. She also does tasty varieties for diabetics, so everyone is catered for at the CASPA Christmas Shop in Lismore Central.

Along with Veras legendary cakes, puddings, jams, marmalades and pickles, the shop will be selling a huge selection of Christmas gifts handcrafted by the Friends of CASPA volunteers, who spend many months knitting, crocheting and crafting for this annual CASPA fundraiser.

Since 1919 CASPA (Child and Adolescent Specialist Programs and Accommodation) has provided care, support and accommodation for young people in the Lismore area who cannot live at home because of abuse or neglect, and who desperately need the assistance of caring families or therapeutic counselling to help them get on in life.

Christmas can be a terrible time for some young people, said CASPA acting general manager, Chris Foster. If we didnt have the likes of Friends of CASPA these kids wouldnt get the love and gifts and extra treats that most kids take for granted.

This is the 53rd consecutive year the CASPA Christmas Shop has been open, and this year proceeds will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $10,000) by AMP Step Up Financial Planners in Lismore.

We also want to thank the management of Lismore Central for welcoming us into one of their shops and for covering all of the shops costs, said CASPA chairperson, Sue Wilkins. This is our biggest fundraiser for the year so please come along and help CASPA care for kids.

The CASPA Christmas Shop opens its doors at 9am next Monday, November 20, at the top of the travellator in Lismore Central. The doors will close once everything is sold, and if the legend is true, the Christmas cakes and puddings wont last long.

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