The St Vincent de Paul Society has welcomed a special collection to be taken in Catholic parishes throughout the country this Australia Day weekend for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal.
National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Claire Victory encouraged people to give generously to support the work of the society in those communities devastated by the crisis.
“People have been generous with their offers of help on the ground, but cash is urgently needed to help provide necessities such as fuel, clothing and food,” Ms Victory said.
”Every cent of money donated goes to people in need. We do not take a fee for administration or other costs.
“The scope of this disaster is unprecedented, but our volunteers and staff are on the ground across all states affected by the crisis.
“As I’ve said before, Vinnies is part of an integrated, whole-of-community response the Government can call upon now, and in the weeks and months ahead. We are working with other lead agencies to accompany people whose lives have been devastated by the fires.
“We very much appreciate the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s coordination of this significant, focused appeal.
“The society is also working with Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission and Catholic Health Australia on this joint effort,” Ms Victory said.
Donations from the parish plate on the Australia Day weekend to the bushfire appeal will be sent to the National Council’s gift fund and distributed to affected communities as a matter of urgency.
Donations can also be made by visiting the Vinnies website.
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia consists of 60,000 members and volunteers who operate through more than 1000 conferences located in individual parishes across the nation.
Vinnies welcomes bishops' Australia Day appeal (St Vincent de Paul Society)