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SVP in Cork fielding ‘staggering’ amount of calls from families in ‘dire need’

Charity says public support is vital as pressure increases on its core services

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The Most Reverend Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross; Paddy O'Flynn, south-west regional president of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Most Reverend Raymond Browne, Bishop of Kerry launching the SVP 2021 annual fundraising car draw. Photo: Brian Lougheed

The Most Reverend Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross; Paddy O'Flynn, south-west regional president of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Most Reverend Raymond Browne, Bishop of Kerry launching the SVP 2021 annual fundraising car draw. Photo: Brian Lougheed

The Most Reverend Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross; Paddy O'Flynn, south-west regional president of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and Most Reverend Raymond Browne, Bishop of Kerry launching the SVP 2021 annual fundraising car draw. Photo: Brian Lougheed

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THE St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has revealed it received up to 1,000 calls each week during October from desperate families seeking help from the charity just to make ends meet.

The charity this week launched its annual fundraising car draw, with SVP president Paddy O’Flynn saying the support of the public to help their work was more important now than ever.

SVP has said that the spiralling cost of gas, electricity and fuel prices over recent months is putting increasing pressure on already cash- strapped families.

In addition, the lifting of the embargo on utility suppliers preventing people from being cut off during the Covid pandemic has resulted in people facing ‘significant arrears’.

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The charity has said what it described as the “staggering” number of calls from people seeking help has come at a time when they are facing unprecedented pressure across all of their core services, with the Covid pandemic once again leading to the cancellation of the majority of their fundraising events this year.

Mr O’Flynn said that the car draw is a critically important source of income during the lead up to the Christmas period, given that 80% of their core fundraising tales placed from October through December and church gate collections have only just been allowed to resume.

“Last year, we were blown away by the support we received during such a difficult time. However, we are deeply concerned that there is a perception that the difficulty and challenges that we faced last year have somewhat diminished with the re-opening of society,” said Mr O’Flynn.

However, he said that their need from the public was even greater this year as SVP faces further pressure and demand on its core services - food, shelter and education.

“Poverty affects people in different ways, and we have received calls from all walks of life seeking our help as the cold winter months draw in. Embargoes on evictions and cutting off electricity and gas supplies during the pandemic have been lifted and we are receiving calls daily from people in dire need of assistance,” said Mr O’Flynn.

“Providing coal and fuel support during the winter months to families is a huge part of our work and while we are not a homeless charity, we do a lot of work behind the scenes to prevent people from losing their homes,” he added.

Mr O’Flynn said it has been another “exceptionally challenging” year for the charity, which is why they are asking people to support them in any way they can over the coming weeks.

“Our fundraising needs remain consistently high, and we are once again turning to online appeals. Each and every donation will make a difference and we want to take this opportunity to thank the people of Cork and Kerry for all of their support this year to date,” said Mr O’Flynn.

The first prize in this year’s car draw will be brand new Ford Focus donated by the CAB Motor Company, in addition to six other cash prizes.

Tickets, priced at €5 each, will be sent to every household in Cork with a free-post return envelope. They can also be purchased online at https://app.galabid.com/svpcardraw.

The draw will take place on January 7, 2022.



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