Vinnies Named Donation Partner of NSW Government’s Return & Earn Scheme

The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is proud to be selected as one of the initial donation partners of the NSW Government’s Return & Earn Scheme, a recycling program currently being established at over 500 locations across NSW.   

St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO, Jack de Groot says, “Vinnies is extremely grateful and excited to be one of the initial donation partners for the NSW Government’s Return & Earn Scheme. The initiative will raise important funds to assist Vinnies in providing a helping hand to those Australians experiencing disadvantage and homelessness in our communities.”

Mr de Groot explains that all funds donated to Vinnies by consumers using the Reverse Vending Machines will be used to help run Vinnies accommodation and support services, such as counselling and case management, for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

“This initial donation campaign will run over the next three months, a time that we know will see more and more Australians turn to Vinnies for assistance. This is traditionally a very tough period for families, with Christmas, end of year bills, and back to school costs all mounting up.

“Homelessness is also on the rise. We know that 105,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Australia today, and, of these, 17,000 are children younger than 12 years old. It is shocking that between July 2016 to March 2017, almost 60 per cent of people assisted by Vinnies were in housing stress, where their rent takes up more than 30 per cent of their income,” said Mr de Groot.

Mr de Groot encouraged Australians to participate in the Return & Earn Scheme not only to benefit the environment, but to also help our communities and neighbours in need.  

“If Australians can use the opportunity to engage with the scheme and generously donate their refund to Vinnies, they can be confident that it will make an enormous difference to those people living at the margins of our society.”

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