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Sydney markets delivered thousands of pieces of fruit and veg on Christmas

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Sydney Markets and Auburn Police have partnered to support locals in need last Christmas. Local communities have been impacted by the rising cost of living so Sydney Markets has put together some gift hampers, courtesy of Paddy’s Markets.  

Auburn Police have teamed up with Paddy’s Markets to give the gift of groceries last Christmas, providing local seniors with a month’s worth of food and hygiene essentials to help ease their cost of living expenses this holiday period.  

Each basket contains pantry staples such as eggs and honey, as well as fresh produce such as grapes, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. The hampers also include basic living essentials like toothbrushes, toothpaste and body wash soap.  

A post on the Auburn Police Area Command’s Facebook Page said: “Paddy’s Markets partnered with Police and graciously donated some food hampers to the seniors. This helped to spread a little cheer over the festive season… All the hampers were received with plenty of positive feedback.”  

The Auburn Police were out this week in a white and blue “Santa Sleigh” dropping off the baskets to 22 seniors who are part of the Auburn Police’s Seniors Care Register. Seniors part of the program are either independently living and reside alone or have minimal family contact.  

“We are delighted to continue to support our local Sydney community by sharing the amazing fresh produce we have from our local growers,” said Brad Latham, Sydney Markets CEO. 

“Christmas can be a challenging time for families and our elderly community, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute in so many ways this year. We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,” said Sydney Markets CEO Brad Latham.  

In a separate initiative, Sydney Markets supplied more than 1000 pieces of fruit to the Special Children’s Christmas Party that was hosted at Rosehill Racecourse earlier this year.  

The children in attendance were from the greater Sydney region with conditions including terminal or life-threatening illness, intellectual or physical impairment, or had come from an underprivileged background.  

Sydney Markets supported the Special Children’s Christmas Party by donating boxes of apples and bananas to the event which the children take to snack on while they are getting their toys from Santa’s workshop.   

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.

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