Community offers hand up to Region’s most vulnerable

Samaritans is celebrating the generosity of the community following the Emergency Supplies collection at Westfield Kotara last week.

“During winter we experience increased demand at our Emergency Relief centres as people in our local community struggle to put food on the table. We were overwhelmed by the support offered by the community,” Acting CEO of Samaritans, Brad Webb said.

Over the two-day collection, 1181 non-perishable goods were donated which has been used to restock the shelves the organisation’s nine Emergency Relief centres.

“This year we’ve been asking the community to make a small donation for big impact, helping Samaritans to offer more when people are in crisis,” Mr Webb said.

“We were pleased to partner with Westfield Kotara to enable the community to contribute to the Appeal.

Those who were unable to visit Westfield are welcome to make cash donations to the Winter Appeal, which will continue to support those in need.

“Many of the families we assist are struggling to pay bills, put food on the table and are in situations where they have to make very difficult decisions. Other people have experienced homelessness, family breakdown or domestic violence.

“Support from our services can make a real difference, especially during these cool months. Samaritans couldn’t offer everything that we do without generous community support that we are so grateful to receive each year,” Mr Webb said.

“Please give what you can – any donation big or small goes toward making a difference. Samaritans asks for your support to assist families in need this winter,” Mr Webb said.

To donate to the Samaritans Winter Appeal, visit or call 1300 656 336.