Burwood Leading Senior Constable Attila Yilmaz
Police Offer Victims Of Domestic Violence Some Early Christmas Cheer
Police from the South-West Metropolitan Region today have played host at a special Christmas charity lunch for hundreds of victims of domestic violence.
Around 250 women and children were treated to free Christmas Eve meals at the North Strathfield Outback Steakhouse courtesy of the restaurant’s owner, Manny Rosenberg.
For the third successive year, Mr. Rosenberg has teamed up with the NSW Police Force, through Assistant Commissioners, Frank Mennilli and Stuart Wilkins, and the Burwood Local Area Command; NSW Fire Brigades; the Party Heroes Company; the Exodus Foundation and St Vincent De Paul Society to spread some Christmas cheer to the disadvantaged.
The initiative was the brainchild of Burwood Leading Senior Constable, Attila Yilmaz, who in 2007 recognised the need to help those going through financial and emotional turmoil as a result of domestic violence.
A Police appeal for public help this week resulted in an overwhelming response of goodwill, allowing all the children and their mothers to receive gifts this Christmas.
Many people left presents under a special charity ‘Giving Tree’ managed by the Rhodes (Mirvac) Shopping Centre, while hundreds of other donors flooded radio stations with offers to help.
Santa Claus and three of his elves took time out from their busy schedule today to pay the children a visit in a fire truck and every child received a present.
Assistant Commissioner Mennilli has thanked everyone involved in the initiative.
“Without the support of Manny Rosenberg and other great people like him, it would be a pretty bleak Christmas for many in our community.” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.
“I’d like to give a pat on the back to the many good-spirited people who have come forward and helped make a child’s Christmas a little brighter than it otherwise would have been.”
“Special thanks also to the police officers, firefighters, companies and charity workers who have dug deep, offering both their time and money to put smiles on the faces of so many children and their mothers.”