SANTA STILL HOMELESS
Supporters of Cannington’s Santa’s Workshop have petitioned the City of Canning to help the volunteer group find a new home. Vice president Pablo Manalac asked specifically about the short-term availability of Canning Tennis Club and South Bentley Community Centre at last week’s council meeting, but has conceded the group will “work with anyone who can offer us a place” as their forced exit from Sevenoaks Senior College looms large.
VOLUNTEERS behind Cannington’s soon-to-be-homeless Santa’s Workshop have applied to make their group a charitable organisation.
The change would ensure their future as a recycler and builder of toys for disadvantaged children would not have to be tied to a principal sponsor.
At a time when the notfor-profit is marking 20 years in the community, it has had its funding cut by welfare group Outcare, which had its own funding cut earlier this year.
The financial loss and the arrangement with Outcare means the group will also lose its headquarters at Sevenoaks Senior College from December 13.
Liaison officer Pablo Manalac told Canning Times the 40 volunteers were looking for a 350sq m facility close to public transport and $25,000 to fund an operating budget for what they are calling the new Santa’s Workshop.
“We are being more flexible now. We will work with anyone who can offer us a place,” he said.
A 108-signature petition has been submitted to Canning City Council requesting assistance to find a new home for the workshop and the charitable operation.
Mr Manalac made a further appeal for support at last week’s council meeting, where he asked specifically about the short-term use of Canning Tennis Club and South Bentley Community Centre.
“A couple of years here would buy time for Santa’s Workshop to find a more permanent place,” he said.
Canning community and commercial director Garry Adams said the council had attempted to find a facility that matched the group’s needs but there were none available.
He also said council staff had suggested other organisations that might be able to help.
The plight is such that Mr Manalac, who is preparing for a four-week European holiday, will seek divine intervention as well as community help.
“We are chasing the northern lights and we will also be praying in Rome for Santa’s Workshop,” he said.
■ Anyone able to offer support can email email@example.com or call workshop representatives Lynn on 9450 2047 or Heather on 9451 4241.
Liaison officer and vice-president of the new Santa’s Workshop, Pablo Manalac, with workshop supervisor Jimmy Babaeff.