Remember Local Charities

It is now apparent that there are a number of sectors being overlooked in both the national discussion about our economy and the Government’s response to the downturn. Nowhere is this more dramatic than in the charity and voluntary sector. From my meetings with local charities it is clear that almost all have seen substantial drops in their income (some up to 50-60%) whilst demand for the services of charity and voluntary organisations has increased dramatically. With this trend set to continue it is important that as a community we rally to our local charities to ensure they can function and meet this increase in demand.

Much of the increase in demand for charities services relates to unemployment or strain on families from lack of employment certainty. With some 39,000 Australians losing their jobs last month, we are certain to see more difficult times ahead for many families locally and nationally. It is a fact that any Government can’t possibly solve all of the problems related to this crisis and charities will be an important part of maintaining our social cohesion while things are tighter in our economy. We as good citizens and neighbours need to play our part.

That’s why I am calling on our generous local community to think of those less fortunate with any money they may receive from the Government at this time. We are so lucky to live in a community that consistently rates amongst the best for charitable donations and giving. Our charities need us to keep helping, especially when times get tough. That’s why I will be donating my stimulus payment of $900 to one of our great local charities, Hills Community Aid.

I urge members of the community in Mitchell to continue to contribute whatever they can afford, no matter how small – whether by giving up time, or by making donations. Every bit, no matter how small or trivial it may seem to you, helps our charities continue their vital work in this difficult climate.