St Vincent De Paul launch annual appeal

Pictured at the launch of the SVP appeal were, Margaret Conway (Waterford Area President SVP), Monsignor Nicholas O'Mahony, Sr. Ann Conway (Conference President Sacred Heart Church), Dean Maria Jansson and Bernie Daniels (St Brigid's).

Pictured at the launch of the SVP appeal were, Margaret Conway (Waterford Area President SVP), Monsignor Nicholas O'Mahony, Sr. Ann Conway (Conference President Sacred Heart Church), Dean Maria Jansson and Bernie Daniels (St Brigid's).

The St Vincent De Paul has seen an increase of 15.9 per cent in requests for assistance in the Waterford area in 2014, an increase of 11 per cent in households requesting assistance from January to October this year in comparison to the same period last year.
Speaking at the launch of the society’s annual appeal in the Sacred Heart Church last Thursday, area VdeP President Margaret Conway said if the trend continues it is expected that approximately 10.9 per cent of city households will have requested assistance from St Vincent De Paul by the end of the year.
“Given our recent austerity most of us have less now than some years back. It is all the more extraordinary that we give now more than ever,” she said.
“We can be especially proud of the fact that this remarkable generosity of spirit continues to thrive in Ireland despite difficult times.”
Outlining the stark facts, Ms Conway stated: “For 2013 we saw an increase of 9.4 per cent of households in Waterford City request assistance from SVP which was a total of 4420 individual requests.
“The assistance was delivered by over 300 members who volunteer their time every week. The majority of help provided consisted of food, fuel and education assistance. A total of €462,553 was raised through the generosity of the public from donations, fundraisers and church collections to SVP directly and a total of €485,188 was provided in assistance to Waterford people in 2013. Over €100,000 was provided to SVP in the form of vouchers and hampers for Christmas kindly raised through the efforts of the Lions Club in Waterford City”.
Representing Bishop Emeritus William Lee, Monsignor Nicholas O’Mahony said that in a perfect world there would be no need for the St Vincent De Paul, and expressed his confidence that the people of Waterford will brilliantly respond to the appeal once more.
“The need is as great as ever this year but there is great understanding of that need and many people who might themselves be experiencing hardship are still prepared to help.”
Church of Ireland Dean of Waterford paid tribute to the VdeP’s volunteers, adding: “When the Society of St Vincent De Paul speaks everyone listens. You have a moral authority. You give dignity at ground level. The work of the society is hugely important, hugely needed and I wish you every success in next week’s annual appeal”.
The annual appeal runs from Thursday, November 27th to Sunday, November 30th.

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