Winter warmers in demand
Tuesday, 15th June, 2010
The annual St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal is on once again, and they are asking the public to give generously to the growing number of needy right here at home.
The Winter Appeal runs from May to August each year to help homeless and disadvantaged people around Australia.
This year's message is "No One Should Have To Know," meaning people shouldn't have to know what living under financial stress and being homeless feels like.
The charity said that Australia wide, the need for assistant has risen to 300%.
The society said that the number is not as high locally, but there has still been an increase due to a rise in rents, power and water bills.
St Vincent de Paul's regional president Phil Sky said that donations had been "a little slower than previous years," but thanked the local clubs, service clubs and public for their generosity.
"Donations to the two local charity bins have slowed, but we would like to see them filled with good clean, warm, pre-loved clothing and blankets thus allowing society to pass them on to those in need," Mr Sky said.
Monetary donations are also helpful to allow clients to purchase general household items.
Mr Sky said that the society is "grateful" to have over 100 volunteers working for St Vincent's, but encourages people in the community that are interested in volunteering to enquire.
"Volunteer numbers are always a little short this time of year due to winter ailements and those travelling north to warmer climates," Mr Sky said.
People wishing to become a volunteer can call the centre to be interviewed, and it is an OH&S requirement that they do manual handling.
All donations may be delivered or posted to the St Vincent's de Paul shop at 93-99 Argent Street.
Clothing bins are also located at the Centro Plaza and near the supermarket in Williams Street.