Vinnies launch Christmas Appeal to amidst increasing calls for help from the community
Calls for help to the St Vincent de Paul Society are on the increase with this Christmas looking like a tough time of year for many in our community and a celebration with all the trimmings and traditions that Christmas brings will be far from a reality for many in the community this Christmas.

As Vinnies launches its 2013 Christmas Appeal it asks the question "there are hundreds of reasons to donate....you only need one?"

This year's Christmas Appeal is supported nationally by celebrities such as Deborah Hutton and locally by well known business man and West Australian philanthropists Dale Alcock who is the face of the corporate campaign.

National supermarket chain IGA is also getting behind the work of Vinnies in the community by launching a Christmas campaign throughout all IGA and Supa IGA stores across Australia with proceeds of selected items and the sale of Christmas baubles directly supporting Vinnies Christmas Appeal.

Also supporting this year's Appeal is his Excellency, Governor of Western Australia Malcolm McCusker and Mrs Tonya McCusker.  Mrs McCusker will officially launch the appeal in the gardens of Government House tomorrow, 22nd November at 2pm.

In WA, the Appeal hopes to raise $650,000 to support Vinnies work over Christmas and into 2014.

St Vincent de Paul Society spokesperson, Lucinda Ardagh says “Christmas can be a challenging time for many in our community who will struggle with basics like food and clothing, a safe place to sleep and isolation. Through the generous support of the Western Australian community, the St Vincent de Paul Society will be able to offer people the opportunity to share in the joy of Christmas and give the gift of hope for a brighter 2014.”

Last Christmas Vinnies provided 3000 hampers and over 5,000 toys to the community and in the last financial year the Society visited more than 30,000 homes across WA providing support and comfort to some our communities most vulnerable.

Guest speakers at tomorrow’s launch will include -:

Piok, a Sudanese Refugee and former child soldier who has been assisted by Vinnies on his arrival in Australia. Since his arrival Piok has gained a Masters degree and is now giving back to the community by supporting newly arrived refugees.

Liam, Vinnies youth volunteer who works with disadvantaged youth through programs such as Vinnies Kids Camps, Buddy Days and Homework Centre.

To donate to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal visit www.vinnies.org.au or call 13 18 12.
To make a material donation of food, toys, clothing or household goods please call 9475 5400.

Media are very welcome. Photo opportunities and interviews are available at the event or over the phone.
 
For further information on the event and media information or interviews, please call Lucinda Ardagh, St Vincent de Paul Society WA Media Spokesperson on 0403 322 238.