Premier launches Vinnies' Christmas Appeal
NSW Premier Bob Carr yesterday launched the 2003 St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal with a $20,000 State Government donation.
The launch took place at the Society's Matthew Talbot Hostel, in inner-city Woolloomooloo in Sydney.
It followed promotion of the appeal last week by the children's entertainment phenomenon The Wiggles.
St Vincent de Paul is the largest provider of homeless services in Australia. The Christmas Appeal, which aims to raise $2.5 million this year, is intended to help Vinnies through the busiest period of the year. It is inviting the community to donate cash by calling 13 18 12. It is also accepting clean clothes, non-perishable food, and good quality toys to the Society's Centres of Charity.
"Every spare dollar or gift that is donated to the appeal makes a real difference," said Mr Carr at yesterday's launch.
State President John O'Neill (pictured right) said the Society has chosen powerful words from Blessed Mother Teresa as the theme for this year's appeal. The words are contained in the following quotation: "There is a light in the world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter".
The Appeal is being conducted by Vinnies in NSW and the ACT. Other states have separate Christmas appeals.
St Vinnies - Shining light where there is darkness (St Vincent de Paul Society)
St Vincent de Paul Society
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