Vinnies spreads its wings with new centre
BY JOHN MCLAURIN
KIPPAX is the latest suburb in the Archdiocese to have a St Vincent de Paul shop.
The conference, according to Barnie van Wyk, has assisted 464 people with 1443 services in the immediate area in the last 12 months.
“The society has a proud history in the area, having had a local conference running in the Kippax suburb for over 40 years,” the CEO of the St Vincent de Paul in the Archdiocese said.
“It was only fitting to consider a Vinnies Centre in Kippax, especially considering the growth experienced in the area.”
The centre was opened by Centres Area Manager, Helen Curtin and blessed by Archbishop Christopher Prowse.
Joining them in the formalities were Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Yvette Berry and Shadow Minister for Families Youth and Community Services, Elizabeth Kikkert.
Mr van Wyk thanked the Belconnen community for their continued support to Vinnies.
“The presence of the new shop will mean that the society will be better able to service the community in the West Belconnen area and service those in need of a ‘hand up’ in the Kippax area,” he said.
“The donations and purchases made in the shop will directly go towards benefitting the West Belconnen community through the Societies outreach services.”
Since opening the new centre, more than 95 people from the local community have put up their hand to volunteer their time in-store.
It is located at shop 2, 22 – 48 Hardwick Crescent, Holt ACT 2615.
The shop is open 9am to 5pm on week days and 9am to 4pm on weekends.