?Had it been around when I was young we would have been putting our hand up for it?: Rugby league star Shane Webcke has been th
?Had it been around when I was young we would have been putting our hand up for it?: Rugby league star Shane Webcke has been th

Adopt a family to help for Christmas



SHANE Webcke knows first-hand just how tough underprivileged families do it at Christmas time.

This week, the Broncos great launched the 2006 Adopt-A-Family Christmas Appeal and revealed the lean times his family faced when he was growing up.

"Had it (the appeal) been around when I was young we would have been putting our hand up for it," Webcke said.

The appeal, which has been running for 12 years, is the most significant appeal conducted every year by Australian Provincial Newspapers (APN), publisher of the Coffs Coast Advocate.

Yesterday, APN Australian Publishing's chief executive Mark Jamieson said the appeal would benefit about 2000 families this Christmas.

"Without our help they're going to have a pretty sorry Christmas, often through no fault of their own," Mr Jamieson said.

Through the appeal, the Advocate hopes to generate enough support to help more than 100 families.

Supporting the appeal is simple: just phone the charity, nominate a family to adopt and then do the Christmas shopping for them.



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