Crisis bites into festivities

There won’t be much Christmas joy in Byron Bay this year unless more businesses put their hands in their pockets and support Byron United’s Christmas campaign.

For the past two years, members of the business group have funded Christmas festivities in the town with the purchase and erection of a massive tree, funding for Carols By Candlelight, holiday banners and free Santa photos for kids.

Sevegne Newton from Byron United said the continuation of the project was under threat due to a drop in business support.

“Unfortunately we have fallen well short of our target, which means that without further financial contributions we won’t raise enough money to ensure the Christmas spirit in Byron Bay goes ahead,” she said. “We need at least another $5000.”

Ms Newton said the group knew it would be tougher this year, with the global financial crisis biting hard.

“A contribution of $350 includes a four-week advertising and lucky shopper campaign,” she said.

If you would like to contribute or find out more about the Christmas campaign, phone Byron United on 66808853 or email

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