Monday, 27 March 2017
On 15 March, I attended the opening and rededication of the St Vincent De Paul Society's shopping outlet store at Brighton.
Parish priest the Reverend Dr Anthony Kain and I had the great honour of unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion. Located right in the heart of the volunteering and community centre of Brighton, the new Vinnies store is next door to St. Jude's Anglican Church, Brighton Uniting Church and Brighton Primary School. The store ensures that clients and customers of Vinnies feel equally welcome when seeking assistance or shopping. It is a beautifully presented space. Profits from sales in this store and others help
fund many services, including Vinnies home visits program. I must thank, Mr Steve Kelton, the southern regional president, for drawing my attention to the huge variety of work Vinnies does in my electorate of Boothby. Steve is a tireless volunteer, whether through home visits and Fred's Van or overseeing Vinnies' activities in southwest and southern Adelaide.
I would also like to commend CEO Mr David Wark and state president Mr Brian Spencer for the work they are doing in South Australia. Last year Vinnies provided assistance valued at over $2 million, and they now have 35 shops in South Australia servicing almost 600,000 shoppers per year. My electorate of Boothby is home to stores at Brighton, St Mary's and Mitcham. Residents are blessed to be so well looked after by Vinnies.