Lions Club’s $1K donation to St Vinnies

Broken Hill Lions Club members Brian McCarthy (left), Greg Delbridge, John Carney with St Vinnies rep Phil Sky on Thursday.PICTURE: ANDREW LODIONG

Broken Hill’s St Vincent De Paul store is thankful for all donations received including a recent contribution of items worth $1000.

On Thursday afternoon, the local Lions Club branch presented the Argent Street shop with five brand-new mattresses (three singles and two doubles).

Phil Sky of St Vinnies said it helps support vulnerable community members and those who need some assistance.

“We are grateful that the Lions Club does this every year,” he said.

“It goes to help the needy in town or anyone setting up accommodation for the first time.”

The mattresses were purchased from sales of Lions Club fundraisers in the past year.

“We do this every year which I think is much appreciated,” Broken Hill Lions Club’s Greg Delbridge said.

“We have a good time cooking sausages to make to make the money for a worthwhile cause.”

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The new items will go to households on a need basis. Recipients will be assessed through face-to-face appointments at the St Vinnies site.

“The big thing was to go visit people in the house and get a better idea of what their needs are,” Mr Sky said.

“That’s not possible now with COVID (pandemic). So now we assess people in the new rooms here.”

St Vincent De Paul receives various donated goods that include utensils and beddings.

“Broken Hill is a very generous town and we are always grateful for all the donations we get,” Mr Sky said.

“It all goes towards helping those most in need.”

The not-for-profit can also assist residents with food vouchers and help contribute financially with some bills.

Lions Club will start its car raffle collection next month and have BBQ fundraisers and a skin cancer program scheduled for the remainder of the year.

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