Community Comes Together to Help Families in Need

Pictured left to right volunteers preparing to serve people and families queuing outside of Southcare Central: Stephen, Southcare Volunteer; Sharne, Southcare Volunteer; Lyn, Lions Club Volunteer; Dr. Nicky Howe, CEO Southcare and Vivienne Steur, Centre Manager Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre.

Since 1986 Southcare has provided much needed support to those in need at Christmas. This year rising costs and continued unemployment levels have meant requests for Emergency Relief have increased, with many families finding they need assistance for the first time. Over 710 local families were given practical help to share in the joy of the season.

The hamper food items and gifts are made possible by the generosity of people, churches, schools and service organisations in our community who kindly donated to the Southcare Christmas Appeal. The appeal itself, spearheaded by Vicki Morrell, Manager Volunteer & Community Services Southcare, takes around four months to coordinate. The appeal could not be achieved without the dedicated team of volunteers who collect and make up food hampers, and, collect and distribute donations of gifts for children.

In addition to the many private donators from the community who helped make this years’ appeal a success we’d like to give special thanks to Aquinas Junior College, City of South Perth, Collier Primary School, Como Baptist Church, Como Primary, Como Rotary Club, Curtin Primary, Duncraig Early Learning Centre, Friends Perth Royal Perth Hospital. Kensington Primary School, Lions Club South Perth, Mill Point Rotary, Penhisian Club, Penrhos College, Soroptimist International of South Perth, South Perth Early Learning, South Perth Primary School, Victoria Primary School, Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre and Wesleyana for their contribution and support.

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