‘Sunbus Santa’ drives important community cause in Townsville

‘Sunbus Santa’ drives important community cause in Townsville

  • 18 Dec 0

If you spot Santa behind the wheel of a Sunbus in Townsville this week, don’t go sounding any bells. Just have your phone ready to take a photo!

Select bus drivers from Sunbus Townsville will dress up as Santa to steer some Christmas cheer to those in need and raise important funds for local charity Althea Projects – Townsville Drop in Centre (TDIC)

Sunbus has pledged $2 to for every passenger or passer-by who spots, snaps and shares a photo of “Sunbus Santa” via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SunbusSanta.

Althea Projects is a grass-roots, community based not-for-profit service based in Townsville which supports vulnerable families, children and young people within Townsville and surrounding regions.

The TDIC on Morehead Street helps people who are predominately experiencing or are at risk of homelessness or poverty. This includes providing breakfast and lunch for approximately 50 people each day through donations from within the community.

Sunbus Townsville General Manager Daniel Palmer said drivers were delighted to support the local cause in the lead up to Christmas.

“This is a fun and simple way for our drivers to spread some Christmas cheer while supporting a fantastic community cause,” Mr Palmer says.

“Two drivers will be dressed up as Santa across the network each day in the lead up to December 25, so have your phones ready to snap a photo and support the cause.”

The campaign kicks off on Tuesday, December 18 and will run until Christmas.

Althea Projects Inc. centre manager Peta Anderson said the organisation was delighted to team up with Sunbus to support those in need within the community.

You can also support Althea Projects directly via https://www.givenow.com.au/altheasangels.


About the Althea Projects – Townsville Drop In Centre (TDIC).

In May 2018, Althea Projects Inc. amalgamated with the Drop in Centre to prevent its imminent closure.

In addition to funding service agreement requirements (Housing Referrals, and Community & Home Care Support Program), the Centre provides a safe space for people to access basic human needs such as food/meals, day time shelter, connection with others, personal hygiene care (showers, toilets, washing machines), medical care (doctor/nurse), emergency relief (food, financial, materials).

The TDIC extends to a Hub where by key community and government agencies provide locum services within the Centre (i.e. Centrelink, Redcross, Anglicare, HOTT) or utilise the centre as a place to meet and hold cross organisational meetings to discuss matters associated with people are experiencing homelessness, public intoxication concerns.

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Media contact
Barrett Gibson – Media Manager, Sunbus Townsville
0424 647 488 | barrettgibson[at]tagroup.net.au