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St Vincent’s staff band together for farming families

14 December 2018
Staff at St Vincent’s Care Services and St Vincent’s Health Australia corporate offices have rallied together to support Queensland farming families, just in time for Christmas. 

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, staff at the three offices in Bowen Hills and Red Hill have been collecting food, clothing, household goods and toys, to donate to the Sisters of Charity ministry Downs and West Community Support.

Downs and West Community Support provides practical and pastoral support to individuals and families in south-west Queensland, in particular, farming families impacted by climatic changes or events out of their control.  

Support for the charity has become a Christmas tradition for St Vincent’s staff, with each office this year ‘adopting’ a farming family in need, and purchasing specific items from each family’s wish list.

St Vincent’s Care Services CEO Lincoln Hopper said the annual appeal was a great way for staff to be directly involved in supporting people doing it tough at Christmas.

“The Downs and West Community Support appeal has become a wonderful tradition for St Vincent’s, and seeing the donations of food and presents in the staff kitchen grow each week as staff band together to purchase items has been lovely to see.

“I think all of us are mindful of the hardships our farmers are facing at the moment, so we are pleased to be able to assist in a small but tangible way to give them a helping hand, especially at Christmas,” Mr Hopper said.