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04 NEWS FRIDAY DECEMBER 21 2018 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 IT was a case of Alice helping Alice as the gift of Christmas giving came early for the Red Centres most in need people this week. Foodbanks 10-year-old Youth Ambassador Alice Ramsay was in Alice Springs to hand out food hampers and other essentials from the community at the Salvation Army as part of Christmas Cheer on Tuesday. I just want to help people, Alice said. Its very important because if everybody helps, this problem would be solved. Virgin Australia Cargo, one of Foodbanks corporate partners, delivered 51 food hampers, equal to 500kgs, to the Salvation Army which were then given to disadvantaged Alice Springs families. As well as the distribution of hampers and foodstuffs, more than 300 toys collected as part of the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal were also handed out. According to Foodbank Australia, 40 per cent of charities based in the Northern Territory have reported an increase in the number of people seeking food relief and it has been estimated that an additional 87 per cent more food is required in the area to meet current demand. Alice, who has made it her mission to help the needy since she was four years old, is the inspiration behind the initiative. She even contributed $430 to the hampers through funds she raised at school. Every time mum and I would go to the city in Sydney we would bring a bag of coins and hand out money to home less people and it escalated from there, she said. It is also the first time Foodbank has teamed up with the Salvation Army in Alice Springs. When Foodbank CEO NT Paul Avery heard about the hamper idea, he knew Alice Springs would be the best place for it. We packed these at the request of Foodbank Australia and Virgin and they asked me who could use them and I knew the Salvation Army did a distribution, so I contacted them, Mr Avery said. Salvation Army community support worker David Fishers said there had been a 30 per cent increase in registrations up from 220 to 300. Its part of the Salvos gift to the community, gift to our clients and those that are in need, Mr Fishers said. He thanked the Alice Springs community and organisations who donated food and toys. Bringing Xmas cheer Foodbanks Youth Ambassador Alice Ramsay with some of the Christmas food hampers. Picture: JUSTIN RAYMOND Justin Raymond Phone has son fear for mum, 102 A CONNELLAN man is worried an unreliable phone line could pose a danger to the life of his elderly mother if she needs an ambulance called. John Crofton is the primary caregiver for his 102-year-old mother and says his phone line was down for two days in a row in late November. This concerns me as last month we needed to call an ambulance twice to our house for my mother, but luckily the phones were working on those occasions, Mr Crofton said. Potentially its life threatening for her . . . my mum is in hospital at the moment and this is the third time this year that the landline service has gone out, he said. I believe if I pay for a telephone service, I should get a decent service and when I dont I get ticked off. Mr Crofton said he has taken the issue up with his telephone provider several times with no progress. I accept every now and again the phone line will go out but it appears in the last five years it goes out more frequently and for longer periods of time, he said. Telstra did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication. Jamal Ben Haddou MAIN Cajun-Spiced Beef Tenderloin w/cheese baked kiffl er potato, beans & broccoli Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Eye Loin w/ gratin sweet potato & green beans Slow-Roasted Turkey w/ mashed potato, apricot stuffi ng & bok choi Almond & Spinach-Crusted Barramundi w/ roasted potato & green vegetables Vegetable Korma Mixed vegetables cooked in a mild, tangy tomato base korma curry w/ jasmine rice DESSERT Tiramisu Gateau w/ whipped cream New York Cheesecake w/ ice cream Pecan Pie w/ whipped cream ALICE SPRINGS RESORT For Bookings Phone 8951 4545 Daily specials available at our restaurant Open for lunch and dinner Cocktail menu available $12-14 Members Draw and raffles every Friday night Call us to make your golf or lawn bowls booking today 8952 1921