Vinnies launch Christmas Appeal 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...what’s your reason?”
This year's Christmas Appeal is supported nationally by celebrities such as Deborah Hutton and locally by well known business man and West Australian philanthropist 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 promotion 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.
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.
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.
For further information about Vinnies Christmas Appeal and other media related enquiries please call Lucinda Ardagh, St Vincent de Paul Society WA Media Spokesperson on 0403 322 238.