Members of "Team UQ" pitch in to assist the Smith Family Christmas Appeal
Members of "Team UQ" pitch in to assist the Smith Family Christmas Appeal
22 December 2011

University of Queensland staff and students have helped spread a little Christmas cheer among Brisbane’s disadvantaged kids.

A team of 20 people from the Office of Marketing and Communications, Office of Prospective Students, Scholarships and Student Equity, and Student Services joined other corporate partners recently to assist the Smith Family in the lead up to the holiday season.

The group helped pack food hampers and toy packs at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, before delivering the items to families around Brisbane.

Scholarships manager Adriana Jumelet said it was gratifying to join with staff and students to make a difference.

“It was fantastic to see so many people volunteer their time for such a worthy cause. ‘Team UQ’ definitely stood out among the crowd of other volunteers,” Ms Jumelet said.

Final-year engineering student Julie Kayes said there was a positive vibe among those who took part.

“Everyone was so enthusiastic and it was great to be able to bring some joy to the lives of disadvantaged children at Christmas,” she said.

The Smith Family’s Christmas Appeal is aiming to raise $4 million dollars this year, with donations accepted online until December 31.

Media: Cameron Pegg at UQ Communications (07 3365 2049,