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MEDIA RELEASE 14 December 2009

KIDS HAVE A ‘WHEELIE’ GOOD TIME AT BUDDY DAY 21 Perth kids from disadvantaged homes got a day out on Saturday December 12, when 12 volunteers aged 16-29 years took them on a Buddy Day.

The day began at 8am with volunteers travelling to Mandurah to collect seven children for a day out in Perth with another 14 kids from the metropolitan area.

The day consisted of a ride on the ‘Wheel of Perth’ then lunch at Kings Park with an afternoon of sport and games.

There have been five Buddy Days this year that are run by the Society’s Youth Support Program to allow kids a chance to catch up with the friends they made on camps through the year, develop life skills and to also give their parents and/or carers some respite.

Lucinda Ardagh, St Vincent de Paul Society Spokesperson for WA says Buddy Days and the other activities offered to disadvantaged youth through the Society’s Youth Program are so important in breaking the poverty cycle.

“We’re aiming to provide these youth with life skills, education assistance, positive role models and a reason to laugh and smile – and to also give their parents and carers a break from the pressures that can come about during school holidays and Christmas,” Lucinda says.

Christmas is a tough time for many families in Western Australia and many will struggle to provide their children with gifts or a Christmas lunch. The St Vincent de Paul Society’s Christmas Appeal aims to provide that assistance to ensure we can put the ‘Merry’ back into Christmas.

To donate material goods (tinned hams, puddings, custards etc) phone (08) 9475 5400. To make a financial donation phone 13 18 12 or log on to

Media Contacts: Communications Coordinator: Deana Tesoriero (08) 9475 5426 or 0404 086 054.