The Christmas season will be brighter this year for up to 14,000 disadvantaged Western Australians who will receive food hampers and toys with thanks to a $130,000 Lotterywest donation.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Lotterywest cheque presented to Charity Link today would support the peak charity organisation to carry out its annual Christmas and Winter appeals.
“This grant from Lotterywest will enable 100 per cent of all corporate sponsorship and fundraising generated by Charity Link - about $330,000 a year - to be spent directly on those less privileged in the community,” Ms Ellery said.
“Of the Lotterywest grant, $17,500 will be used to obtain blankets and the remaining money will be spent on salaries and operational costs associated with the management of the appeals program.
“Lotterywest is a proud supporter of Charity Link, having provided more than $858,000 to the organisation since it was set up in 2001 by Father Brian Morrison.”
The Minister said Charity Link had a membership of 114 small to medium-sized charities which helped struggling community members ranging from seniors and parents to refugees and homeless youth.
The organisation carried out fundraising activities and secured corporate sponsorships to purchase and distribute aid through its members to disadvantaged Western Australians.
This aid included food hampers and toys during the Christmas appeal, blankets and sleeping bags for the winter appeal, and stationery items for the Back2School appeal.
“Since 2002, Charity Link has provided material aid worth more than $3.5million to almost 80,000 Western Australians,” Ms Ellery said.
“I congratulate Charity Link, its staff, members and board of management for helping so many Western Australians this Christmas season and during times of financial hardship.”
Since 1933, Lotterywest has provided more than $2billion to the WA community through donations to public hospitals, sports, the arts and thousands of community groups.
“The Carpenter Government is committed to reducing poverty in WA through a positive and comprehensive social agenda,” the Minister said.
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