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Drought stretches demand for Vinnies services

The resources of St Vincent de Paul are stretched to the limit in the wake of an increased number of calls for help in rural areas to assist families directly and indirectly affected by the drought.

Vinnies NSW/ACT President Pat O'Flynn was outlining challenges the organising is facing at the Sydney launch of the charity's Christmas appeal earlier this week.

He said: "The impact of drought on farmers and its flow on to regional economies means there are many new jobless and families trying to budget on significantly reduced incomes."

The extra demand for services from those afflicted by drought comes during Vinnies traditional Christmas 'peak' period.

"Need is particularly manifest among sole parents trying to make ends meet at this time of year," said Mr O'Flynn. "There are also a lot of single elderly people who live alone and wait for our visit and hamper gifts."

St Vincent de Paul Society

Vinnies NSW/ACT

31 Oct 2002