Each year presents some challenges but with the help of our committed corporate partnerships, we at the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (Vinnies Victoria) continue to provide vital services to the most vulnerable in our community.
Vinnies are grateful to all our generous corporate and business partners who continue to assist and help us to make a real impact on the community.
When values and expertise are aligned opportunities for long-term partnerships are created. Our partners are always rising to the occasion to support our services in times of great need and we look forward to what we can achieve together with their support in the future!
Christmas is always a time of giving and our corporate partners brought Christmas joy to many:
Lombard: Adding joy to Christmas
Can you guess how many hampers our Vannies packed in just one day leading up to Christmas last year? 700. Yes, 700 hampers!
At the moment, our donations go very much towards buying essential food items for Victorians who are sleeping rough, in caravan parks or have limited cooking facilities. Sadly, these hampers don’t include highly-valued items during this time of year, like Christmas treats or Christmas Gifts.
That’s where our amazing supporters come in. Claude Lombard OAM – OAM from Lombard Party and Events – came to our assistance with a donation of 700 Christmas bonbons to fill these hampers! Special items like these bring so much joy to the people we assist.
Claude also supported our 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout and raised well above his target. We’re so grateful for Claude, and the entire team at Lombard The Paper people for their kindness and compassion.
Woodards: Rallying around a cause
Christmas may seem like it happened so long ago, but here at Vinnies we still feel the positive impact of Woodards who came to our rescue just before the festive season.
With our Inner City Soup Van operations moving to a temporary location and less number of volunteers available at this time of year, Woodards stepped in and offered to not only feed our friends on the street, but also arranged delivery of essential food items, offered their work space for the packing of hampers and galvanised their staff to give a few hours of their day to help pack rough sleeper bags.
All of this during the few precious days before Christmas! As Soup Van State President Melissa Walton said: “It was perfect to have had the 800 rough sleeper packs ready to go and in boxes so we could easily deliver to the inner-city vans and distribute [to people who needed it] leading up to Christmas”.
Woodards also donated food treats so we had something a little different to the typical rough sleeper pack for hungry Melbournians who don’t get to celebrate a traditional Christmas meal. It’s a pretty special thing to see a workplace like Woodards rally around a cause.
FareShare: Rescue, cook and support
Research shows that very year, a staggering 312 kg of food – per person – goes to waste in Australia*. Yet despite this, there are thousands of Victorians who go hungry every day.