The St Vincent de Paul Society in South Australia has launched its Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal today and is calling for financial donations so that the right kind of assistance can be provided to the people who need it most.
St Vincent de Paul Society State President, Brian Spencer, explains that Vinnies is very thankful for the generous donations of material goods received but they really require financial donations so that immediate crisis assistance and long-term recovery of the communities devastated by the bushfires can take place.
‘With over 2,880 members across the State, we have many supporters who are part of the communities devastated by the bushfires and they will be feeling the losses suffered by their neighbours very deeply.’ Mr Spencer continues, ‘at this time, financial donations are crucial so that we can help people regain an immediate sense of dignity as well as assisting them to rebuild their lives long after the fires have subsided.’
Best&Less, IGA and Foodland have also come on board to support Vinnies’ work in assisting South Australian bushfire affected communities in wake of this still unfolding tragic and heartbreaking event. From Monday 12 January, when you visit any Best&Less, IGA or Foodland store in SA you can also make a cash donation towards the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal at any checkout. IGA and Foodland have also kindly provided Vinnies with $10,000 in gift cards which they will distribute to people affected by the fires.
St Vincent de Paul Society State President, Brian Spencer, says that Vinnies will also provide a range of mid to long-term assistance for people affected by the bushfires. ‘Part of our long-term assistance will include financial support, budget counselling, assistance with bills, food vouchers, and other material assistance such as furniture and clothing to support those affected by this tragic event which is still unfolding today.’
Donations to the Vinnies SA Bushfire Appeal can be made online at www.vinnies.org.au/sabushfireappeal at any Best&Less, IGA, Foodland or Vinnies stores across the state or by calling Vinnies on 13 18 12.
Anyone seeking assistance from Vinnies should call their assistance line on 1300 729 202 (weekdays between 9am-1pm).