Minister Bears Presents For WA Children

Minister Bears Presents For WA Children

Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney

Annual Christmas Drive To Bring Smiles To Western Australian Children

Victor P Taffa

Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today handed over the proceeds of her annual Christmas drive to Anglican Archbishop Roger Hurft at St. Georges Cathedral.

“At a time when children are counting down the days to waking up on Christmas morning and opening their presents, there are less fortunate children around the State who will not get to experience this joy.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“I have been so impressed by the amount of Christmas drives being organised by private and public organisations in both the metropolitan and country areas and am happy this year we could once again experience the joy of giving to those in need.”

“This year because of the generosity of countless people within the CBD, children will get to wake up with a present especially for them.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

The Minister said many public appeals across the State had been inundated with goodwill, ranging from toys for Christmas to non-perishable food items to be distributed this week.

 

“I also remind people who are in need of extra support over the Christmas period which can be a time of stress and isolation for some people there are a range of free services available for help during the holiday season.”

The Minister also encouraged people needing crisis support over the Christmas period to contact Crisis Care, which operates a 24 hour service, covering issues such as family and domestic violence, homelessness and child protection concerns.

Contacts:

  • Crisis Care (08) 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008;
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (08) 9223 1188 or 1800 007 339;
  • Family Helpline (08) 9223 1100 or 1800 643 000.

“Sadly over the Christmas and New Year period we continue to have instances of domestic violence and other serious forms of assault and it is so important people know who to contact for support.” Mrs. McSweeney said.