St Pat’s Win­ter Ap­peal

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WIN­TERS have been tough for Pa­trick Ry­der – from sleep­ing in front of va­cant build­ings to hav­ing his be­long­ings con­fis­cated.

St Pa­trick’s Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre is try­ing to help peo­ple such as Mr Ry­der with its Win­ter Ap­peal, which will be held un­til July 31.

Mr Ry­der said he had been work­ing with the St Pat’s home crew to find a place to live.

“Some­times I’ll sleep at friends’ houses couch-surf­ing and I spent a fair bit of time sleep­ing in the car when I had one,” he said.

“The other day I had all my stuff, in­clud­ing my med­i­ca­tion, in a shop­ping trol­ley but the rangers con­fis­cated it while I was get­ting a cof­fee.

“I ad­mit I’ve had prob­lems over the years with drink­ing and so on, but everyone de­serves a sec­ond chance.”

Mr Ry­der said he had good news this win­ter be­cause he was mov­ing into a one-bed­room apart­ment in North Fremantle.

“I’ve been on the Homeswest wait­ing list for about eight years,” he said.

“This news is go­ing to be great for me; I’ll fi­nally have my own base and can re­ally sort stuff out for my­self.

“I’m also hop­ing for a fridge for my new place.”

Worker Nicki Kef­ford said it was the hard­est time of year for St Pat’s clients.

“St Pat’s Win­ter Ap­peal is de­signed to raise as much money as we can so we can of­fer more as­sis­tance to more peo­ple in need,” she said.

“In Pa­trick’s case, this is help­ing him find sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion, but for oth­ers it might be pro­vid­ing free health­care, ar­rang­ing coun­selling or other help with men­tal health is­sues, or sim­ply pro­vid­ing a safe, warm place for peo­ple to come to.”

Ms Kef­ford said she saw the ef­fect of fundrais­ing ev­ery day and hoped to raise more than last year’s $10,000.

To do­nate to the St Pat’s win­ter ap­peal, head to www.stpats.com.au/ do­nate.

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