The Chief Minister has not sent out any official Christmas cards this year. Instead, the cost of the cards and postage has been donated to the GBC Open Day appeal.
The Royal Gibraltar Post Office is to introduce a new initiative comprising a free Post Office Box Unit (POBU) service for Registered Charities in Gibraltar.
Although this will not equate to a free postal service, it will provide a free post office box address through which charities can collect their mail. Each registering Charity will be issued a unique number commencing with 90, followed by their issued Registered Charity Certificate Number.
Staff and students from the Gibraltar College have donated £250 to the Prostate Cancer Support Group after staff members participated in Movember. The money was also collected from a weekly contribution by the Staff for dress-down Fridays as well as a collection from students.
In an effort to give back to elder members of the community who are less likely to receive a Christmas gift or visit this year, the Citizens Advice Bureau, in conjunction with the Ministry for Social Services have launched a campaign to collect Christmas presents for a collection of elderly members of the community.
Shane Smith, who works closely with the Gib Mission Africa project, is calling on locals who wish to carry out missionary work in Ethiopia Gambella. Groups would join Father Tesfaye in working with the poorest areas in Ethiopia, providing lessons on language, personal hygiene and the value of human life to members of the community.