Notre Dame supports annual Vinnies Christmas Appeal


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Notre Dame staff David McLean, Fr John Sebastian, Jaimee Murphy, Stacie O’Neill, Renee Blackstock and Tom Gannon with part of the University’s contribution to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal for 2011.

Blankets, toiletries, sleeping bags, soft toys and delicious Christmas fare were just some of the items collected by The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus in an effort to bring smiles to needy families during this festive period.

More than 50 baskets were filled with donations from Notre Dame’s staff, students and members of the local Holy Spirit Chapel community to assist St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Christmas Appeal.

The Vinnies Christmas Appeal provides assistance to more than half a million people nation-wide in the form of presents, clothing, food and emotional support for disadvantaged individuals and families during the festive season.

Notre Dame has been assisting Vinnies in their mission of spreading the Christmas message to millions of Australians for the past seven years. The theme of the appeal for 2011 is ‘How will you spend Christmas?’ which aims to address the divide between the rich and poor in Australia.

This year, the University is also supporting the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle with requests for toiletries and food products for their Christmas Appeal.

Notre Dame’s Campus Minister Tom Gannon, who coordinated this year’s collection, praised the efforts of the Notre Dame community.

“It is an honour to be able to contribute to the important work the St Vincent de Paul Society does. It really underpins the spirit of Christmas at Notre Dame,” Mr Gannon said.

“Being able to have a good education and a secure job are privileges many of us take for granted.  Unfortunately, there are people in our community that don’t have access to these opportunities.

“When people come and donate, there is a sense of satisfaction in knowing their actions are going to help others in the community.”

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