People in action for the Christmas Bowl 2013
All around Australia, people like you organise events, take part into carols, bake cupcakes to help raise money for the Christmas Bowl appeal.
We have local Development Officer in every state who can help you, your community or your church, organise local fundraising events such as carols and music nights, festival or cake competitions.
Here's a snapshot of some of the best Christmas Bowl events 2013:
Christmas Bowl Badge Day, South Australia
Over 150 volunteers from across South Australia came together to help fundraise for the annual Christmas Bowl Appeal of Act for Peace and raised more than $6,000 for girls’ education in Afghanistan.
Act for Peace collectors hit the streets in the city centre, selected suburban and country areas selling badges and fundraising in the local community. The young and the old took part in the event, spreading Christmas spirit all over Adelaide and its surrounding regions, including the city area, Blackwood, Burnside, Mitcham, Adelaide Hills, Glenelg, Balaklava, Gawler, and selected country areas.
Virginia Macaspac, Development Officer for Act for Peace in SA said: “It was wonderful to see so many of our fantastic volunteers out in force on the streets, helping us to raise vital funds to support communities affected by conflict and poverty around the world. If you would like to hold your own collection for Act for Peace we would love to hear from you.”
Coffs Harbour Carols and Music Night, New South Wales
Churches in Coffs Harbour came together with the local community to share in carols, music and festivities on Friday night 29 November 2013 and raised $1,500 to help support girls’ education in Afghanistan.
The young and the old took part in the event held at St Augustine’s Catholic Church on Gordon Street, spreading Christmas cheer all over Coffs Harbour. More than 250 people took part in the evening, bringing together congregations from Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran and Uniting Churches from across the local area for this special event.
The wonderful music, Christmas carols and Christmas decorations were not only enjoyed by locals but also by people a world away as proceeds to the event were donated to the Christmas Bowl Appeal. Rev. Jan McLeod, of St Nicholas Anglican Church, Sawtell said: “I am very proud of the Coffs Coast for rallying behind the purposes of Act for Peace and the Christmas Bowl, in providing support for targeted countries and assisting them to be resilient to global issues.”
Willunga Christmas Tree Festival, South Australia
Willunga Uniting Church held its 12th annual Christmas Tree Festival at Bethany Hall on the weekend, bringing together locals young and old to share the Christmas spirit and help raise more than $3,750 to help girls’ education in Afghanistan.
The event was a celebration of community and went by the theme ‘Christmas around the World.’ At least 60 Christmas trees were entered into the competition by families, businesses and community groups and more than 450 people attended and cast their votes for the tree they felt best captured the theme. As well as the main Christmas tree attractions, guests were treated to classic Devonshire teas, Christmas craft stalls, festive music, mosaics and a children’s passport trail.
“The Willunga Tree Festival is a great way to support the Christmas Bowl, engage with the community and share the Christmas spirit.” - Local organiser, Jenny Esots
To see more pictures of other events around Australia visit the Christmas Bowl 2013 Facebook photo album here.
Interested in hosting your own Christmas Bowl event?
If you are interested in hosting a Chirstmas Bowl event and would like us to help you organise it, and advertise it on our website, please contact us with the details of the event, include the date, time and location. Contact your local Development Officer below or email us here.
Jeff Wild – Victoria and Tasmania
T: (03) 9650 6811 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia Macaspac – South Australia and Western Australia
T: (08) 8232 7071 | E: email@example.com
Peter Wotherspoon - Queensland and Northern Territory
T: (07) 3369 6792 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadie Moore – New South Wales and ACT
More ways to take action
Help keep families at risk from landslides safe by providing training in disaster risk reduction in schools. Training helps children to identify risks and warning signs of landslides, and teaches them how to keep safe if one happens.
Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (19-26 June 2016). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.
Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.