I have always loved Christmas in the Redlands. From the days when I celebrated a traditional European Christmas on my parents farm at Capalaba after they migrated from Europe, through to when my two girls were young and I saw the joy in their eyes on Christmas morning. This time of year has always held special memories for me.
Things have changed over the years, but one constant for me is that Christmas is all about spending time with those dear to you.
For me that will mean a quiet day with my family appreciating each other's company and the wonderful community we call home.
But for some, Christmas is not as joyous as it should be and I urge you to remember those who will struggle this festive season.
Whether it is due to not having somewhere to stay, struggling with the ongoing drought, or facing Christmas without someone dear to them; there will be those for whom this time of year will be tough.
There are also those who will spend Christmas in temporary accommodation due to escaping domestic violence, which is a cause I have been passionately working to shine a light on for many years.
As a city, we can take solace in the knowledge there will soon be additional accommodation for those impacted by this insidious problem.
This accommodation, currently under construction, was in part funded by the $330,000 raised by the community through my annual fundraiser Diner en Rouge, so on behalf of those you have helped, thank you.
This is just one example of the amazing work done by our community. Our volunteers, community champions and every day Redlanders are the reason I love my job, so thank you all for making our community such a wonderful and welcoming place.
On behalf of my husband Peter and the rest of the Williams family - Merry Christmas to the Redlands.
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