Donated giftsnot received

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

It was a less than merry Christmas for indigenous children in the Pilbara when donated presents were not delivered to regional communities.

Last year, Hedland’s Ray White Little Tree of Giving campaign partnered with Wirraka Maya Health Services, Well Being Centre and Child Health so homeless children could receive presents.

However after a series of miscommunications, timing mishaps and new year theft, the presents failed to reach their destinations.

Wirraka Maya chief executive June Councillor said it all began with an original miscommunication surrounding present collection.

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“Staff at Wirraka Maya were not aware they needed to make provision to collect the presents,” she said. “Given the presents were received quite late due to the miscommunication between the parties, the earliest opportunity to deliver the presents was after the Christmas break.”

However, the presents were stolen from a Wirraka Maya car where the presents were stored.

Ray White’s Dianne Lovell said the organisation was disappointed with the outcome. “I feel really embarrassed and really sick, not only because people spent money on these gifts to donate them to Ray White, but also these children have missed out and it’s now well and truly past Christmas,” she said.

“We all feel really disappointed and angry at the way the presents had been treated and it’s been disheartening thinking about the children out there.”

While a handful of presents were recovered following the burglary, Ms Councillor said the organisation would be investing its own funds to purchase presents for the children who missed out to be taken in their next trip to Warralong.

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