The gift of giving

The gift of giving

“Tis the Season to be Jolly”… for many in our community this is just a hollow mantra when Christmas comes around.  Give the gift of giving this holiday season with North Ryde Community Aid (NCRA)'s Christmas Cheer hampers and our Community Volunteering Leave program. NRCA are a not for profit organisation reliant on government funding and community generosity to deliver a range of services and assistance to the socially and financially disadvantaged in our community.

Mindful giving can make a real difference in people's lives.

Through generous donations from the community, service clubs and local corporations, NRCA each year coordinates a program of Christmas Hampers to ensure those who are isolated, or less well off, have a joyous "silly season". The hampers are packed and prepared by staff and volunteers and delivered by a dedicated team of volunteers to the socially or financially disadvantaged within our community.

3 ways you can give this holiday season:

Donate food and gift items for hampers

Please make food and gift item donations to the Office of the Vice - Chancellor’s Reception on Level 2 of The Chancellery, 19 Eastern Road (E11A) by Friday 9 December. Promote a donation drive with the Gift of Giving poster.

The food and gift suggestions for the Christmas Cheer hampers include: biscuits, nibbles, sweets, tinned meat, condiments, tinned vegetables, tinned fruits, pastas, festive fare, drinks, table items, decorations, personal care items, and gift items.

Pack hampers - staff volunteer day

Take Community Volunteering Leave to pack the Christmas Cheer hampers on our staff volunteer day. Staff volunteer day takes place on Wednesday 14 December in half-day shifts at the NCRA head-quarters: 9.30am - 1pm, or 1pm - 4.30pm. 

Our Security shuttle bus will transport staff to and from the NCRA head-quarters. Bookings essential. Contact Belinda Bean: or 9850 1003. Spaces are limited.

Be santa for the day - delivery teams needed

Take Community Volunteering Leave to deliver the Christmas Cheer hampers in our local area. Minimum group size is 2. Need own car and one driver. Deliveries are on Thursday 15 December and/or Friday 16 December. For more information, contact Belinda Bean: or 9850 1003.

I'm in

There are many ways to get involved! Download the poster, the team meeting cheat sheet or the powerpoint slides (complete with notes) to present to your peers, colleagues or friends to give the gift of giving.

1. Start a donation drive for the needed food and gift items. Deliver to the Office of the Vice - Chancellor, Level 2, 19 Eastern Road (E11A) before Friday 9 December.

2.Consider taking Community Volunteering Leave for:

  • A half-day on Wednesday 14 December for the packing day; or
  • A half or full day on Thursday 15 December or Friday 16 December for hamper delivery.

3. Share your good deeds! Post any pictures and stories on social media, ping Macquarie University (@Macquarie_Uni) and Sustainability (@MQsustain).

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Content owner: Office of the Vice Chancellor Last updated: 31 Oct 2019 4:12pm

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