OUR IMPACT 2020/21

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2020/21

VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT SETS RECORD $9.3 MILLION IN DONATIONS

During a gap between COVID outbreaks, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout ran as an in-person event and raised a record $9.3 million. Of the $9.3 million raised nationally, $3.1 million was raised in NSW. This was a fantastic result and shows the event continues to build on successes from previous years, even during a worldwide pandemic. 

PROVIDING COVID VACCINES FOR THE VULNERABLE

The Matthew Talbot Hostel Clinic, in conjunction with St Vincent’s Hospital, the City of Sydney, and the Kirketon Road Centre began a COVID vaccination program for vulnerable people in the inner city. The clinic, operated at the Ozanam Learning Centre, began on the 20th of May but before the financial year was complete, it was providing more than 200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine each week. People experiencing homelessness, living in social housing, residents of the Hostel, and other hard to reach communities were invited to attend. Even though it operated for such a short part of the financial year, it was a fantastic success. 

Photo: Oliver Brown/Coonamble Times

ASSEMBLING COVID TESTING KITS FOR NSW HEALTH PATHOLOGY

The supported workers at Ozanam Industries are very busy people and in 2020/21, one of the fruits of their labour was more than one million COVID-19 testing kits. These were ordered by NSW Health Pathology to help the state keep up with demand for testing. All three Ozanam Industries sites – Stanmore, West Ryde, and Castlereagh Industries in Coonamble – were engaged in building the testing kits. The Vinnies centres provide meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability by offering individualised supports and roles tailored to suit a range of skills and abilities. 

$708,000 IN FLOOD ASSISTANCE DISTRIBUTED IN NSW

Following a devastating bushfire season a year earlier, NSW was hit with once in 100 year floods in March of 2021. They caused widespread evacuations in many areas throughout the state and left a lot of damage in their wake. The St Vincent de Paul Society launched a flood appeal and distributed 708 grants of $1,000 to people in NSW most acutely affected by the floods to help them recover. This followed immediate assistance offered by members in some of the worst hit areas. 

COMMUNITY BUSHFIRE RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM

In the 2020/21 financial year, the St Vincent de Paul Society distributed $651,222 in funding for the Community Bushfire Recovery Grant Program. This was delivered to 44 projects run by community organisations to rebuild and improve resiliency of their communities in the event of future natural disasters. The third round of the Program also opened for applications before the financial year’s end and the results of successful applications there will go towards similar projects throughout the state. 

Please see the reporting under our Strategic Plan pillars for further information about these highlights, along with our many other achievements over this year.