This Christmas please consider a gift to the homeless
As we approach the end of 2022 and start preparations for Christmas, I want to write to you to thank you for your support of the activities of the Order of Malta.
This year our projects have made a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and 2022 has seen our charitable activities help more disadvantaged individuals than ever. My sincerest appreciation goes to our donors, volunteers and Members who have made this possible.
In 2022, in addition to continuing our longstanding projects committed to assisting the homeless across Australia, we achieved some particular milestones that I would like to recognise:
- We hosted two Camps for Disabled Youth
- Initiated two new projects to provide additional services at Palliative Care facilities
- Embarked on a national partnership with Australian Catholic University to provide hands on assistance to disadvantaged communities
- Provided emergency provisions to Tonga following the earthquake at the beginning of the year
- Aid to those impacted by the war in the Ukraine
Whilst we have made some fantastic achievements there is still much work that needs to be done.
2023 will be equally as challenging. With the cost of living increasing, we expect the demand for our services to also grow. The Order of Malta must not only sustain our existing projects, but will launch additional activities to further assist the needs of the growing homeless and disadvantaged in our communities.
To help us meet this challenge, I am asking for you to consider including a gift to the homeless on your Christmas list.
With your support, in 2023 we will be aiming to provide the homeless Australians with:
- 4,000 Coats for the Homeless and hygiene packs to be distributed by our volunteers nationwide
- Community Care Van services staffed by our volunteers in NSW and VIC
- Food services in NSW, QLD and NT for the homeless and disadvantaged
- A new ‘drop-in’ Community Care Centre in QLD, providing meals, clothing and services.
This Christmas we ask that you consider a donation to help us continue our work.
- $100 could fund 20 hygiene packs for distribution to the homeless and disadvantaged
- $200 could provide coats for six people sleeping rough next winter
- $500 could provide 50 nutritious meals to the homeless, disadvantaged and lonely
Please note that gifts of $2 and more are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers.
Please give what you can.
Finally, let me please take this opportunity to wish you a happy, healthy and holy Christmas.