St Vincent de Paul Society
Catholic parishes across Australia will take up special, dedicated collections for the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal on the Australia Day long weekend.
National President of the St Vincent de Paul Society Claire Victory encourages 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.
‘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
‘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.
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia consists of 60,000 members and volunteers
who operate on the ground through over 1,000 conferences located in individual
parishes across the country.