Rotary Club of Mindarie donates winter backpacks to MercyCare Merriwa


Rotary Club of Mindarie’s Margaret Dull, president Ralph Sirmulis, Salvation Army Merriwa Major Nikki Novell, Andrea Folkard, Karina Martin, Darren Meakins, MercyCare place based services manager John Palmer, Violet Nou and MercyCare outcomes analyst Joni Sercombe.
Rotary Club of Mindarie’s Margaret Dull, president Ralph Sirmulis, Salvation Army Merriwa Major Nikki Novell, Andrea Folkard, Karina Martin, Darren Meakins, MercyCare place based services manager John Palmer, Violet Nou and MercyCare outcomes analyst Joni Sercombe.

THE Rotary Club of Mindarie recently donated 30 winter backpacks to MercyCare Merriwa to distribute to people who are homeless or in need.

The donation was part of the club’s efforts to make a difference in the local community, coinciding with Homelessness Week.

MercyCare community development officer Nita Harken welcomed the donation, as the centre helps people escaping domestic violence or those couch surfing with no permanent place to stay.

Its Aboriginal youth program helps people who are homeless from time to time.

Rotary club president Ralph Sirmulis said students attending the recent Rotary Youth program of enrichment camp contributed the backpacks and the club supplied contents through its fundraising activities.

“The backpacks contained basic necessities such as beanies, ponchos, blankets, socks, toothpaste, thermos, soup, coffee and tea and other items,” he said.

“Both MercyCare and the Rotary Club of Mindarie are looking forward to an ongoing partnership whereby both can increase their efforts to assist those in need in the local community.

“The club has already undertaken projects to distribute Christmas and Easter hampers within the community and is looking for MercyCare’s expert advice and guidance to ensure that its community effort is most effective.”

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