ST VINCENT de Paul Society (Vinnies) was given a $1.4 million grant by the State Government and Lotterywest today in a combined effort to support the organisation’s emergency relief work.
Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest chief executive officer Susan Hunt presented the organisation with the grant.
Premier McGowan said the Government was pleased to support the work they do.
“The Vinnies Christmas Appeal is on now and I encourage the community to continue supporting Vinnies so they can continue providing much needed assistance to people experiencing hardship,” he said.
Through its staff, dedicated volunteers and community support, Vinnies emergency relief program assists people experiencing disadvantage with food, clothing, household items and utility bills.
Vinnies will deliver almost 1500 hampers to people who would otherwise go without this Christmas.
Last financial year alone, they provided support to almost 40,000 West Australians.
A total of 62 per cent of these requests were for help with food.
The State Government, through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, has also donated $20,000 towards the 2017 St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas Appeal.
The Christmas Appeal will run until January and enables Vinnies to provide assistance to individuals and families in need during Christmas, the new year and back to school period.
To make a donation towards the Christmas Appeal go to https://www.vinnies.org.au