WORKING TOGETHER: Daniel and Alexis at the Tyndale Christian School enjoyed decorating a Christmas tree with other children as part of the Murraylands Communities for Children initiative.

YOUNG people shared the festive spirit by taking part in the Communities for Children Murraylands Christmas tree decorating challenge facilitated by

Students from schools and kindergartens decorated white Christmas trees with themes of their choice, celebrating the festive season while being encouraged to practice team work, creativity and planning.

“The Communities for Children Murraylands team loved seeing the creativity of the decorated trees,” senior program manager Teresa O’Brien said.

“A big thank you to all of the children, teachers and support staff involved.”

Decorating of the trees allowed activities to continue across the community despite COVID-19 restrictions and one particular contribution and the story behind its creation was a highlight for

The year 4/5 class at Meningie Area School wrote letters and made cards and gifts for residents of the local aged care accommodation facility Jallarah Homes throughout the year.

They had been unable to visit due to COVID-19 restrictions, but were able to learn about differences and similarities between the generations, as well as exploring kindness and gratitude, through correspondence.

Their tree was decorated with special messages written by the students, as well as homemade recycled items, which were presented to the residents.

The year 4/5 students received a prize pack of board games they planned to share and play with the residents in 2021.

Christmas trees used for the campaign were donated by Big W through’s partnership with national charity Good360, which facilitates redirection of surplus goods from retailers to not-for-profit organisations.

Communities for Children Murraylands is facilitated by and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Locations is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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