Mackenzie Rose Foster Annual Christmas Gift Appeal

Now in its 7th year, Mollyjane Boyson Fundraising is hoping for strong support as it launches its annual Mackenzie Rose Foster Christmas Gift Appeal across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Until Thursday 15th December, new, unwrapped presents can be dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • NAPS at Lambton
  • Adams Family Meats at New Lambton
  • Heirloom Jewellers at Jesmond
  • Curves at Charlestown
  • Princess Scallywag at East Maitland
  • Optus Shop at Toronto
  • St Therese’s Primary School at New Lambton
  • Kombat Academy at East Maitland
  • Century 21 at Medowie
  • Beyond Bank Branches – Glendale, East Maitland, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Singleton and Gunnedah, and their regional office in High Street Maitland.

Presents of all shapes and sizes are welcome for young infants through to 16 year olds.  And the present doesn’t need to cost a fortune with a suggested value of $20.

In previous years, thousands of gifts have been provided to sick children and their families.

“Our Christmas Gift Appeal started when my daughter Mollyjane (MJ), met her friend Mackenzie Rose they were both at the John Hunter and being treated for terminal illnesses.  Over the course of a few years they would be in and out of hospital together and they became best friends,” said Jessica Boyson, Director of the Mollyjane Boyson Foundation.”

“Unfortunately Mackenzie didn’t get to go home on one of those occasions, passing away just 2 weeks after Christmas, and so we started the fundraising cause as a way of remembering her and a way to bring joy to sick children at Bear Cottage.”

“I am proud to say that through the generosity of the community, our Christmas Toy Appeal has grown to where it’s also been possible to visit the children’s wards at Westmead and the John Hunter Hospital and we provide gifts for the Camp Quality Christmas Party and at Carries Place in Maitland.”

“We also make sure that any gifts we receive after our cut-off date are distributed thoughtfully, in the past we have donated them to local children’s benefit nights and they become part of the raffle,” said Jessica.

“We are delighted to be involved in such a heart-warming activity at Christmas time.  To know that through this simple gesture there will be smiles on the faces of children who are currently doing it tough feels amazing,” said Beyond Bank’s Community Development Manager, Kylie Daniels.

“The response from our staff has been great too.  As soon as we told them about the activity, they were all keen to contribute, planning to add one more gift to their list to contribute to the toy boxes we have in branch.”

“From the 15th December, we collect the gifts and my team of elves start wrapping, we then pack our cars and we start delivering, so that on Christmas morning the children receive a gift to open,” said Jessica.