Christmas in Pyrmont

(Community Recognition Statement, February 6 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney Electorate, I commend the amazing community building and fundraising achievements of the annual Christmas in Pyrmont celebration.

Christmas in Pyrmont celebrates the season and promotes community, local groups and businesses, and raises vital funds for local charities. The November fair is the culmination of a year of fundraising events like trivia nights, wine and cheese tasting and raffles.

The 2019 events helped Barnardos Aboriginal Early Years ServicePyrmont Cares, Ultimo Public School Learning Support Officers and the Uniting Harris Centre & Mustard Seed  with a total of $80,000 raised. Since 2013 Christmas in Pyrmont has donated $512,400 to different local charities.

I thank the many volunteers who plan, organise and make these events happen – they set a great example of a caring community. Thanks also to the City of Sydney for support.

Christmas in Pyrmont creates opportunities to get to know your neighbours and support your local economy, while also making sure that vulnerable and disadvantaged community members are included and looked after.

I will continue to support and promote the events and encourage other residents to also get involved in this inspirational community.