Adding to its recent efforts to help fire victims in the South West, the St Vincent de Paul Society is making $75,000 available to people who have lost their home in the South West bushfires.
St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Mark Fitzpatrick said this will be done through an initial and immediate one off payment of $500 per household.
“This has been made possible thanks to a $25,000 donation from Beyond Bank Australia, along with public donations and with Vinnies contributing the remainder.
“The payment should help people straightaway with their immediate needs as we want to give people access to support as quickly as possible”, Mr Fitzpatrick said.
Residents eligible for this financial payment can contact Vinnies emergency relief Call Centre volunteers on 1300 794 054 which operates from 9am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
“Vinnies has been on the ground since the start of the fire recovery, providing clothing, food, support with medical scripts, fuel vouchers, emotional support and more,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of in-kind donations that people from all over the State have delivered to our local shops, and our staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to ensure the stock is sorted and directed to the people who need it the most,” he said.
“We are also in the process of setting up a Fire Relief Centre in Harvey which will be stocked with items of clothing, toiletries, toys, linen and any items that have been donated for the fire relief,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“Anyone affected by the bushfires will be able to go into this centre and collect what they need at no cost.
“The payment should help in the short term but we will continue to support people affected by the bushfires long into the future,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
“We thank everyone for their generous response and willingness to help,” he said.
If people wish to donate specifically to the bushfire victims they can do so by going online where there is an option to donate to Bushfire Relief - www.vinnies.org.au or people can donate to the Lord Mayor’s appeal at www.appealswa.org.au.