Page 1002 - Week 03 - Thursday, 10 April 2014

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and her husband have loved the club regardless of the club name or playing strip. In this year’s season, you will see Pat on Tuesday to Thursday nights filling up the senior squad’s drink bottles and walking them out to the players with her trolley. Such is the respect for her that the players carefully place the drink bottles back into the trolley instead of throwing them onto the ground as most footballers do.

Pat’s husband, Darryl, passed away in 2010. As Pat spends so much time at her beloved football club, she has less time to garden, so earlier this week the players and club officials that love and respect Pat arrived at her house at 6 pm and helped the lady who always gives her all to the club.

I would like to acknowledge, firstly, Pat McLindin and her contribution to the club over many, many years. Secondly, I would like to acknowledge the players and officials who gave some of their time to help someone they respect in the community who could do with a bit of help at home. It is great to see these actions taking place in our community.

The Tuggeranong Hawks are a great community club with a family-oriented ethos, as you know, Mr Assistant Speaker Gentleman. The Pat yard blitz is just one example of their community spirit. I would like to wish all their teams every success for the coming season—including the women’s team, which will be trying to achieve back-to-back premierships this year.

St Vincent de Paul Society

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.49): I rise this afternoon to speak about the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. St Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organisation whose vision is to be recognised as a caring Catholic charity offering a hand up to people in need. It does this by serving those in need with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

The society in Canberra-Goulburn is governed by the territory council, which meets four times a year. The council is headed by the president, who appoints a CEO to manage staff and the business operations of the society.

The society undertakes many special works in the community. The most well known special work in the Canberra-Goulburn region is the Vinnies centres. There are 24 Vinnies centres in Canberra-Goulburn, with a gross income of over $6 million each year. Vinnies centres in Canberra-Goulburn are staffed by about 70 employees and over 900 volunteers.

The society also provides homelessness services through Samaritan House, the street to home program, the young parent program, the family services program, blue door, the night patrol, Kennedy House and St Anthony’s. The society provides mental health services through Samaritan Services and Compeer. The society also provides education services, through Clemente and Homeground.

As well as financial support received from governments, the society raises significant funds from fundraising activities, including the Christmas appeal and winter appeal,

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