St Vinnies Looking for helping hands

Trish Coulthard and Clem Astruc will be shaking the tin for the Vinnies. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d443063
Trish Coulthard and Clem Astruc will be shaking the tin for the Vinnies. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d443063

CONNOLLY resident Clem Astruc will be shaking tins to entice commuters and shoppers to donate this Friday.

Mr Astruc has been a member of the St Vincent de Paul Society for 42 years and said he would be fundraising at Currambine train station and Joondalup Bunnings during the charity’s annual street appeal on September 11.

“Things are getting tough and the people who we serve are finding it very hard to meet their expenses such as utilities and rent, so we are here to give a hand,” he said.

Volunteers will also be at Beaumaris Shopping Centre on Friday to collect money for people in need.

Vinnies chief executive Mark Fitzpatrick said the money raised went towards providing emergency relief and support to families and individuals.

“The Society responds to welfare needs in the community by way of food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance,” he said.

“The annual street appeal is an important funding source for the society’s emergency relief program and any donation makes a real difference in the lives of people doing it tough.

“Last year Vinnies provided emergency relief to around 40,000 people in WA.

“With a high cost of living and increases in the cost of utilities, we are experiencing a higher number of people struggling financially.”