Vinnies is excited to be part of the Hands Up for Canberra Giving Day on March 11 - Australia’s first ever major city giving day for a community foundation.

A giving day is a 24-hour online fundraising challenge that aims to rally people around a cause. Hands Across Canberra initiated the campaign, designed to coincide with Canberra Day, to promote supporting Canberrans in need.

“We have spent the summer assisting people affected by bushfires, and continue to do so. However, our members and volunteers in Canberra support vulnerable people in the community every day, and this appeal recognises these local issues,” said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

With 1 in 200 people homeless in Canberra, the second highest rate in Australia, and 26,000 people in Canberra living below the poverty line, there are many people who need help.

“We are asking Canberrans to give where they live and make a difference to fellow Canberrans in need,” said Mr van Wyk.

“Vinnies members in Canberra visit people in their homes, offering support to get through tough times. Assistance can be in the form of food hampers or vouchers, fuel vouchers, help with energy bills, or help in finding and navigating other support services,” he said.

Donations on Hands Up for Canberra Giving Day help Vinnies members provide support to people in need in the Canberra region.

“Money raised through the Giving Day will also go to support our Night Patrol service. As temperatures start to fall, our Night Patrol vans gets busier and busier, providing refreshments, warm clothes and sleeping bags, and companionship to those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness,” said Mr van Wyk.

“Our St Nick’s program for young carers will also benefit from this campaign. This summer, the program which offers respite and recreation to people under 17 who have caring responsibilities had to cancel the usual camps due to bushfires. It would be wonderful to provide some additional activities to support these young people,” he added.

To support Vinnies Hands Up For Canberra Giving Day Appeal please visit:

All funds donated through the link will go to providing Vinnies services in Canberra. This is your chance to make a difference in your community.

10 March 2020