Money, not goods, needed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety has ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the peo­ple work­ing hard to pro­vide sup­port to those af­fected by the bush­fires in the South-West.

St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety CEO Mark Fitz­patrick said the com­mu­nity had been over­whelm­ingly gen­er­ous in its re­sponse to as­sist the peo­ple af­fected, which was tes­ta­ment to the Aus­tralian spirit dur­ing times of hard­ship.

“We are grate­ful that peo­ple have recog­nised us as an im­por­tant av­enue for the dis­tri­bu­tion of wel­fare sup­port; how­ever we do not have the ca­pac­ity or re­sources to ac­cept any fur­ther in-kind do­na­tions,” he said.

“The Vin­nies shops, es­pe­cially at Wa­roona and Pin­jarra, have been in­un­dated with goods and we have had to call on Vin­nies vol­un­teers in Perth to go to the shops and help sort items.”

Mr Fitz­patrick said peo­ple from all over the state had driven to shops and dropped off goods.

“The help is in­cred­i­ble; how­ever we would ask that peo­ple hold on to their do­na­tions for the time be­ing,” Mr Fitz­patrick said.

“The best way for peo­ple to help is through fi­nan­cial do­na­tions.” To do­nate to the Lord Mayor’s ap­peal visit www. ap­peal­swa.org.au.

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