Rove spruiks for Vinnies WA

Entertainer Rove McManus has returned to his home town Perth for s series of performances, and to speak out on behalf of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

He said he is impressed with the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society and urged others to get behind it.

"We are lucky in Australia, not only because of the opportunities we have, but because we have St Vinnies helping those who aren't so fortunate," he said.

"Give to the St Vinnies Winter Appeal to help them add a little hope to some West Australian lives."

McManus added that the Society helps more than 155,000 each year in WA alone, a huge figure on anyone's scale.

The Society's State President, Brian Bull AO APM, said the endorsement from Rove was valued and came at a critical time.

"Demand for assistance from St Vinnies is at its highest during winter, which is why the Winter Appeal was first established," Mr Bull said.

"But we need the public to donate to the Society so we can keep up with this increased workload and we thank Rove for his timely support."

The telephone number for the St Vinnies Winter Appeal donation line is 13 18 12.

Meanwhile construction has begun on a new complex in suburban Woodbridge to house 28 homeless men.

Vincentian Village, a joint venture between the St Vincent de Paul Society and WA's Department of Housing and Works, was officially launched last Wednesday with a soil turning ceremony at the site of the $5 million project.

Attendees included Mr Bull, Housing and Works Minister, Francis Logan, and the local member for Midland, Police Minister Michelle Roberts.

It will be built on land currently occupied by the soon to be demolished Vincentian House in Bayley Street, upgrading its capacity from 16 to 28 men.

Mr Bull said the Vincentian Village project had been the goal of the Society for years and its realisation was due to a concerted effort by all parties involved.

Vinnies have provided the land for the complex as well as $900,000, which was part of a $1.5 million grant awarded by Lotterywest.

The Village will be completed by October 2006. As well as the units, there will be a three-bedroom caretaker's residence, an administration block, and a communal building that will include a dining room, commercial kitchen, television lounge, games room and a communal laundry.

Rove stands up for St Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul Society WA 29/7/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
St Vincent de Paul Society WA
Vincentian Village under construction (St Vincent de Paul Society WA 27/7/05)
New complex for homeless men (WA ALP Media Statement 27/7/05)

32 Aug 2005