On Tuesday, students from Marist College Canberra in Pearce will deliver hampers of goodies to Vinnies members for distribution to families in need.

Students have spent the last six weeks gathering food items to help contribute to hampers that will be delivered to families in need this Christmas.


“This festive season, Vinnies is expecting to provide over $500,000 in emergency assistance to more than 3,000 families and individuals in need in the Canberra region. As Christmas approaches, calls for help to the Society are expected to increase from now until January,” said John Feint, President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.


“The items we receive from the Marist community will be included in the hampers our volunteer members make up and deliver to the people we assist. Vinnies members in Canberra visit families in their homes to find ways in which we can best support them,” he said.


“In the last year, the two greatest requests for assistance were for help with food and utilities. Our Christmas Appeal allows us to provide practical assistance in the form of help with rent, and utilities, but we also enjoy making up festive hampers with special celebratory food and gifts. Everyone should be able to experience joy at Christmas,” said Mr Feint.


“We’re so grateful for the wonderful support we’ve had from Marist this year, from hosting fundraising events, running Mini Vinnies groups, engaging in donation appeals, to staff and students volunteering with Night Patrol. We are pleased to see the spirit of social justice alive and well in the next generation,” he said.


“Service is an integral part of our Marist ethos, with our students undertaking more than 17,000 hours of service in 2019. The College is proud to have supported Vinnies for many years through a variety of programs including the Christmas Appeal,” said Matthew Hutchison, Marist College Canberra.


The hampers will be presented to Trevor Jones and Bob Wilson, Presidents of two local Vinnies conference groups.


The Vinnies Christmas appeal ends on 31 January and there is still time to provide much needed support. People can donate to the 2019 Vinnies Christmas Appeal by visiting any Vinnies shop, calling 13 18 12 or via vinnies.org.au/christmasappeal.

To donate a Christmas gift online please visit www.simplygiving.com.au/svdpcg


9 December 2019