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