COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
DAVID Kirby’s face lit up with a smile when asked about his plans for Christmas Day. “Enjoy myself,” Mr Kirby said. But before the fun can begin, The Big Issue vendor of eight years is helping to spread the word about Mission Australia’s Christmas Lunch in the Park (CLIP).
Mr Kirby, who sells The Big Issue on Rokeby Road outside the Regal Theatre, said he was happy to help Mission Australia, which is based in Osborne Park.
Mission Australia State director Amanda Hunt said the organisation had invited several other groups, including The Big Issue, to join CLIP this year to help boost their profiles.
“Our organisations need to work together. Because of the economic climate, it’s difficult – we need to join forces so people who are vulnerable don’t fall through the cracks,” Ms Hunt said.
The Subiaco resident said Mission Australia was lucky to have established a strong profile in Perth and wanted to help other organisations get extra exposure.
“The Big Issue do an extraordinary job, they’re on the ground doing the real work,” Ms Hunt said.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi was among volunteers wrapping presents for CLIP at Mission Australia’s Drug and Alcohol Youth Service in East Perth last week.
Ms Scaffidi said she drove past Wellington Square on the way to work every day and saw first hand the homeless problem Perth faced.
She said there had never been such a tough time and organisations like Mission Australia were working to improve the lives of people who were struggling.
This year, Mission Australia is calling for people to buy virtual gifts online, purchase meals for people who will attend on Christmas Day or sponsor a table.
David Kirby with copies of the latest edition of The Big Issue and a few Christmas presents.