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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Australia

Message from the Archdiocese of Toronto

As you are aware, in recent weeks, hundreds of forest fires in Australia have killed dozens, destroyed thousands of homes and threatened many local species with extinction. At present, more than 10 million hectares of bush, forest and parks in the country have been impacted.
Locally, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, fondly known as Vinnies, has volunteers on the ground in hundreds of communities across the country helping people as they deal with the immediate aftermath of fires as well as the long-term recovery.
100 per cent of donations are used to support those who have been affected.
Members and volunteers live and work in the impacted communities and will stay alongside people affected for the many months and years ahead as they recover from these devastating fires.
Funds channeled through our Australian St. Vincent de Paul partners will provide:
  • Emergency financial packages to families who have lost their homes or been impacted in other ways by the fires.
  • Food, clothing, generators, household items, furniture, vouchers and other essential items.
  • Direct support with crisis accommodation through our own services or making referrals onto a range of other organisations and specialised services.
  • Much-needed emotional support and counselling.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:
  • Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website:  
  • By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411 
  • Through the parish, making cheques payable to: 
    Name of Parish – Australia Fires – Disaster Relief
Please use the generic humanitarian relief envelopes sent to parishes for relief collections. If you require more envelopes, please contact the Facilities department.
(Parishes, please gather funds and send one parish cheque to the Development Office, made out to Archdiocese of Toronto – Australia Fires - Disaster Relief)

Our prayers are with the people of Australia as the country struggles to cope with this disaster.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.