MPs col­lect for the needy

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

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.”

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

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...

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