‘It’s about giving back’ businesses in Christmas spirit
GIVING back to the community is a priority for Kathy Draper.
Having lived in Roma for 45 years, the manager of Sunshine Hardware and Rural supplies knows how important community is to the town, and as Christmas fast approaches she wanted to do something to get in the spirit.
"It's been a very tough year with the drought, and Christmas time is about giving back and everyone getting together," she said.
As part of the My Maranoa initiative, buying local is being spearheaded.
The culmination will be the Christmas street parade, and having local businesses throw their support behind it to drive more people to the stores along McDowall St.
"We have an outdoor living package that we're donating, which includes a seven-piece outdoor dining setting, a barbecue and a large outdoor umbrella," Ms Draper said.
"Everyone loves an outdoor setting, and in summer it brings everyone together.
"All people have to do is spend $10 in any of the participating businesses and they go in the draw to win this beautiful package."
The winner will be drawn at the Christmas party on McDowall St on Thursday, December 5.
"Christmas really is about getting together, and enjoying being around family and friends. This parade will be great to bring everyone together," Ms Draper said.
"It will be a great opportunity for us to forget about the hard times and focus on celebrating the Christmas spirit."
Support local this Christmas
The following Maranoa businesses are participating in the My Maranoa Buy Local campaign:
Dores Elect-Air Pty Ltd
Kimlins Camping World
Rural Insurance Services
Roma Printers and Stationers
Black Toyota Roma
Gretel Lane Fashion
Sunshine Hardware and Rural (Mitre 10)
Home Timber and Hardware Roma
Coomber Bros Jewellers
Gifts at Teacup
Loot Homewares Roma
Roma Pet World
Roma Taxation Services
Roma Outdoors and Sports
Compass West Pty Ltd
Snap Fitness Roma
Goodyear Tyres Roma
Country Buds Fashion
Roma Newsagency and Bookshop
Roma Computer Centre
Injune District Tourism Association
Injune Post Office
Injune Tyre Service
Jones Welding and Rural Supplies
Mitchell Hardware and Plumbing
Surat Post and News
Surat Tyre Service
The New Royal Hotel
The Timber Crate
Wagon Wheel Café and Friendly Grocer