FORMER governor general Sir William Deane officially launched the St Vincent de Paul Society annual Doorknock appeal today in Garema Place.
The appeal aims to raise $350,000 this year to help support the work of the Society.
Sir Deane spoke of the extensive behind the scenes work that St Vincent de Paul Society does in the local community, emphasising that “during the centenary year we need to focus on the community, including those in the community that are disadvantage.”
President Frank Brassil says the ever-increasing cost of living, including skyrocketing rental prices in the Canberra region, has meant more people are suffering financial hardship.
“Because we are a community we have a huge range of people and some in our community need extra help: some for a short time, some for a long time,” he says.
“But we can say that a key measure of our worth as a community is how we respond to those in our community who need help.”
Money raised covers the provision of food, emergency accommodation and care, budget counselling and other services.
To register to be a Doorknock volunteer you can register online at www.vinniesdoorknock.org.au