A Wicked good cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music Theatre -

THE lead­ing ladies of Wicked have ap­pealed to the peo­ple of Perth to do­nate to the Sal­va­tion Army’s Shed Your Win­ter Coat Ap­peal.

The group is ask­ing peo­ple to do­nate a piece of warm cloth­ing as part of the an­nual win­ter ap­peal, run­ning from June 8 to July 5.

Jemma Rix, who stars as El­phaba in the mu­si­cal, said she was proud to sup­port the Sal­va­tion Army’s ap­peal at Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre last Wed­nes­day.

“We would love the peo­ple of Perth to give gen­er­ously and em­brace the magic of giv­ing to oth­ers in need this win­ter,” Rix said.

The Sal­va­tion Army 2015 eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact sur­vey has shown al­most 60 per cent of Salvos wel­fare clients have gone with­out meals while close to 70 per cent ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme hous­ing stress, pay­ing more than half of their in­come on ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Sal­va­tion Army public re­la­tions sec­re­tary War­ren Palmer said sim­ple ne­ces­si­ties such as cloth­ing and food had be­come a real chal­lenge to af­ford for many in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.

“Our lat­est sur­vey re­sults re­veal a har­row­ing snap­shot of the re­al­i­ties of daily life for those living on the mar­gins,” he said.

“Peo­ple are reg­u­larly go­ing with­out items, ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties that are part of ev­ery­day living and im­por­tant for full par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­nity life.”

A col­lec­tion bin will be at Kar­rinyup Shop­ping Cen­tre in the Cen­tre Court un­til July 5.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kar­rinyup­cen­tre.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d439000

Wicked stars Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix, with the Sal­va­tion Army’s Robin Fal­loon, are sup­port­ing the Shed Your Win­ter Coat Ap­peal.

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