Wednesday, 21st February 2018
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24% of Waterford households in need this Christmas - St. Vincent De Paul

Speaking at the Annual St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal on Thursday last, the Area President,

Mr. Michael Curran said that 24% of Waterford households were in need.

He said that the Society received 4,395 calls in 2016 and they expected up to 850 families to ask for their assistance this Christmas and a total of 1,500 families will seek their help over the winter in total.

He illustrated in moving terms the hardship caused to just one family last year due to unemployment and the loss of the family home.

He noted that the Society's average income has decreased again this year reflecting the 9% decline recorded between 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Curran said that the St. Vincent De Paul was the means by which the Waterford public directly help thousands of people who are struggling and often find themselves on the margin of society.

The Appeal is the Society's biggest fundraiser and will see collections aross the city from Thursday until Sunday, with envelopes delivered to churches at the weekend before being collected on the first weekend of December.

The launch was also attended by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Collr. Pat Nugent; Dean of Christchurch, Maria Jannsen and Fr. Pat Fitzgerald representing the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Alphonsus Cullinan.

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