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Overgate shoppers donate over 200 gifts
Generous Overgate visitors got behind the shopping centre’s festive charity campaign and donated over 200 Christmas gifts for underprivileged and sick kids in Dundee.
Throughout the month of December, the Dundee shopping destination hosted a Giving Tree, in partnership with The Kean Children fund, to encourage visitors to donate a gift to a child in need this Christmas.
The parcels, handed in by big-hearted shoppers for boys and girls of all age, have been given to fundraising co-ordinator Charlie Kean who will pass the toys on to various departments within Ninewells hospital including the paediatric cancer ward, the children’s surgical ward. Some have also been presented to Dundee City Council social services, where they will be distributed to local children’s homes.
David Carson, centre manager at Overgate said: ‘The people of Dundee have been so generous it is heart-warming to see so many people helping to spread a little Christmas cheer and spare a thought for those in our community who are less fortunate.’
Charlie Kean, founder of The Kean Children’s fund added: ‘The response has been amazing it is really heart-warming that so many people are prepared to buy an extra gift at Christmas to help children in need in the city.’
Help for Kids, supported by Overgate Shopping Centre, was launched earlier this year and aims to raise funds for children and young people in and around Dundee. The Kean’s Children Fund, founded by Charlie Kean, is one of the many charities supported through Help for Kids.
Overgate introduces Giving Tree for children in need this Christmas Disadvantaged children in Tayside are set for a cracking Christmas thanks to a big hearted initiative between Dundee’s Overgate Centre and renowned local fundraiser, Charlie Kean. A Giving Tree has been erected in Overgate shopping centre offering shoppers the chance to buy a Christmas gift for one of 800 sick and under privileged boys or girls in the Tayside area. Overgate centre manager, David Carson, says: ‘The Giving Tree is a fantastic way for our shoppers to give something back this Christmas. Not all children are fortunate enough to have their families and loved ones around them at this time of year so we wanted to do something meaningful that brings a little joy to those less fortunate. ‘The Giving Tree is a magical way in which a small gesture from our shoppers can make a big difference to children who are disadvantaged or suffering from a serious illness in the Tayside region. The gifts donated will be distributed to children from newborn to sixteen years old. ’ The tree, located outside Debenhams, contains 800 labels, with the ages of boys and girls requiring gifts, allowing shoppers to select a label and buy a gift for a child of a certain age. Once purchased, shoppers should deliver their gift to the customer service desk, where it will then be distributed by Charlie to the paediatric cancer ward, the children’s surgical ward and social services, where they will be passed on to local children’s homes. Help for Kids was launched earlier this year as an umbrella organisation to assist grassroots charities and organisations in the Tayside region. The Kean’s Children Fund, founded by Charlie Kean, is one of the many charities supported through Help for Kids. Charlie Kean said: “This is a fabulous and imaginative way in which the people of Tayside can really help deprived children on their own doorstep. It doesn’t take much; just a few pounds can go a long way to bringing a little joy into the lives of these little ones. I urge everyone to dig deep and spread some joy this festive season.’
Family fun kicks off Halloween at Overgate
The Overgate shopping centre in Dundee kicked off the Halloween celebrations with a family fun event today.
Visitors to the mall were treated to a whole host of activities including face painting, a magician and a visit from a spooky Owl from Raptor World.
The event will also raise money for Help for Kids, a new charity which has been set up to help disadvantaged children in communities across Dundee. Created by Wave 102 FM in partnership with Overgate – the charity was officially launched in June and is aiming to raise £1million.
Star attraction was Whizzer the 19 year old European Eagle Owl giving visitors a hands on encounter with a bird of prey. Click the photo to watch the video
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