DOUGLAS Shire Mayor Michael Kerr’s first Christmas Appeal will be like no other.

Leading one of the hardest hit regions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Kerr has teamed up with local community organisations for the 2020 Mayor’s Christmas Appeal, calling on the region to dig deep for struggling families across the Douglas Shire.

“We anticipate a huge demand for help this Christmas,” he said.

“Without JobKeeper, more than 800 jobs are estimated to be lost from our region this quarter and now, more than ever, some families will be feeling the pinch.

“If you are sitting fairly secure, I am asking you to join the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal by donating money to go towards food hampers.

“Hampers provide enough food and cheer for a decent Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as basic staples to ensure there is enough to go round over the Christmas period.”

How do I donate to the appeal?


A new online donation portal will make it easier for people to donate money to the appeal.

Donations of $2 or more are Tax Deductible.

Donate Here

In person:

Council will have collection points around the shire from mid-November and will be seeking un-opened children’s presents and toys for kids of all ages, food and gifts for adults.

Fundraising lunch:

Council staff are also organising a Mayor’s Christmas fundraising lunch to drive more donations to the appeal. More details will be announced shortly.

Council works with Mossman Support Services, Quicksilver, Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, Goobidi Home care services, Goobidi Bamanga Community Advancement Cooperative Society and the Christian mission fellowship international to assist and launch the appeal, and thanks these groups for their continued assistance.