About 80 people walked from the Gold City Centre to Nelson Reserve to support J Smith & Son employees who are out of work.
About 80 people walked from the Gold City Centre to Nelson Reserve to support J Smith & Son employees who are out of work. Tanya Easterby

Former Smith and Son workers buoyed by spirit

THE official launch of the Community Spirit of Christmas Appeal was held on last Thursday afternoon with a walk from the Gold City Centre, in Mary St, to Nelson Reserve.

About 80 people made the walk to show their support for former workers of J Smith & Sons.

The 113-year-old company that manufactured hi-tech truck trailers went into liquidation on November 25 putting the 67 employees out of work just before Christmas.

Many of the former workers haven't had any income for nearly a month and Gympie resident Sue Manton decided to help out.

She organised charities, council and businesses to band together to set up the appeal.

Mrs Manton said she was happy with the turn-out for the walk at such short notice.

"There were three former workers at the walk and they were very appreciative," Mrs Manton said.

"They felt good the community was out to support them."

Mrs Manton is hoping other groups will get together and help raise money for the appeal.

She urged people to have fundraisers like morning teas or raffles in their businesses or the community.

"If we can keep the money ticking over it will make a real difference to the familles before Christmas," she said.

People can donate to: BSB No. 124047; account number 22101210.

Gympie Times


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