by STEPHEN McCOMB
THE Rotary Club of Lisburn and the Bentrim Road Tesco store have come together to give local people the chance to support charities in the run up to Christmas.
The 'Thank you for Life' campaign will see a 25 foot Christmas tree erected at the Tesco store. Customers will be invited to support one of the nominated charities by purchasing the relevant charity ribbon, which will then be attached to the tree by representatives from the Rotary club.
The Vice-President of Lisburn Rotary Club, Dale Orr, has appealed to the people of Lisburn to dig deep and support the campaign which will run from 8th-22nd December and, aims to raise as much money as possible for a number of local charities - including CLIC Sargent, Motor Neurone, Cancer Research UK and the Children's Heartbeat Trust.
Mr. Orr said: "Our motivation for this year's 'Thank you for Life' campaign comes from the opportunity to work with the community of Lisburn to do something positive over the Christmas period. All help is greatly appreciated, it is giving people the chance to get involved in contributing to local charities.
"Part of Lisburn Rotary's theme for this year is working 'with the community, for the community' and this gives us an excellent opportunity to do exactly that - at a special time of year."
"Throughout our Fundraising events this year we have seen that the generous people of Lisburn have not been put off by the recession - and for that we are very grateful."
Anne Broome, community champion at Tesco Lisburn said: " We are delighted to be supporting the Lisburn Rotary Club in this year's 'Thank you for Life' campaign.'
"The festive season is our busiest time of year, when we will see thousands of shoppers come through our doors everyday. I would appeal to them to give generously to this fantastic cause and really make a difference this Christmas."
You can donate to the 'Thank you for Life' campaign at Tesco Lisburn by purchasing a ribbon for the Christmas tree from Wednesday 8th - Wednesday 22nd December. For more information, visit www.lisburnrotary.co.uk