DISADVANTAGED families will be able to enjoy a roast turkey on Christmas Day thanks to Steggles who have donated 300 turkeys to charities across Ipswich.
The donations made to the Salvation Army, Compassion Connection Church, Boystown Women's Shelter, Lion's Den, Goodna Youth Centre and Ozcare Goodna, were the result of a deal reached by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Steggles, a major sponsor for the Roosters.
Steggles managing director John Camilleri, who operates a factory at Wulkuraka, promised Cr Pisasale that if the Roosters won the NRL grand final he would donate a truckload of turkeys to the people of Ipswich.
Cr Pisasale took delivery of the turkeys to the charities yesterday.
"Christmas is about giving," he said. "It's fantastic we can make a lot of families happy at Christmas time."
Cr Pisasale said the Sydney premiers had a strong connection with Ipswich since the floods.
"The Roosters were the first sporting team to arrive up here after the floods to help the community," he said.
Salvation Army captain Greg Pack said the generosity of Steggles meant a little bit more on the Christmas table for families in need.
"We've seen a trend in the different people coming to us this year," he said. "More people have lost their jobs, who wouldn't normally call on the services of the Salvos, and are in need of assistance."
Boystown general manager Wendy Protheroe said the donation to women who had escaped domestic violence would give them a chance to celebrate with their children.
"These women can have a very quiet Christmas because they have absolutely nothing," she said. "This gives them a chance to sit down and celebrate. We all deserve a celebration."
Steggles/Baiada Poultry Wulkuraka general manager Charles Rapa said he was pleased to make a difference to families this festive period.
"It's great to a part of a community and a company that really cares and we're able to put a few more smiles on people's faces this Christmas," he said.
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