MPs collect for the needy
Donations of food and toys are fast flowing into the offices of local MLAs Mark McGowan, Roger Cook and Paul Papalia as they stock up in preparation for their annual Christmas appeal.
Organised on behalf of the Coastal District Care Centre, the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul, the three politicians have been collecting and said they were impressed by the number of donations they had received so far.
Mr Papalia said the relief effort was getting bigger and better each year. “We each spread the word through our electorates and encourage schools and local clubs to help out in any way they can,” he said.
“There are far more people than ever before that need our help this year.”
Mr Cook said the donations were a great way for the community to show their support.
“The best way to support the cause is with donations of nonperishable foods, new unwrapped gifts and toiletries,” he said.
“Last year’s efforts were fan- tastic, so we hope to see the same response again.”
Coastal District Care Centre secretary Jim Smeaton said the support from the community had been exceptional.
“The Rockingham Uniting Church has been one of the outstanding supporters, delivering us a cheque of $7000, which we will use to purchase vouchers for fresh food closer to Christmas,” he said.
“We have seen the number of families in need almost double in recent times and there are still many empty shelves to fill, so we encourage the community to help us ensure peo- ple have food on the table and gifts to unwrap this Christmas.”
Homeless advocate Owen Farmer, Salvation Army corps officer Darrell Wilson, Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan, Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia, Coastal District Care Centre secretary Jim Smeaton and chairwoman Jill Harris, and St Vincent de...