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Matthew Talbot Homeless Services ABN: 46 472 591 335 001 Ozanam Village Cnr West & Thomas Streets Lewisham NSW 2049 PO Box 5 Petersham NSW 2049 Telephone: (02) 9560 8666 Facsimile: (02) 9550 9383

Press release December 7, 2009

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Hotels Have Hearts Committee acknowledged with prestigious AHA award The CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society, John Picot, today congratulated the Hotel Have Hearts Committee for winning the Outstanding Community Service and Achievement Award in the 2009 AHA (NSW) Awards for Excellence. The Hotel Have Hearts Committee has raised $1.7 million over five years for Matthew Talbot Homeless Service through its annual fundraising dinner. “This substantial donation has enabled us to achieve so much for so many homeless people,” Mr Picot, said “The funds have significantly contributed to the construction and running of our landmark Ozanam Learning Centre in Woolloomooloo and more recently the opening of Vincentian House for homeless families with children. “Through the work of the Hotels Have Hearts Committee, we have been able to offer learning, recreation, shelter and dignity to countless homeless Australians. Their hard work and generosity has made a real and tangible difference to people’s lives, and on behalf of those people, I thank them for their dedication and passion.” The Hotels Have Hearts committee includes; Name

Company

Kim Maloney Malcolm McGuinness John Ryan

Shark Hotel Scruffy Murphy’s Hotel Bar 333

Jack Lucas Martin Short

Lucas Management Keystone Hospitality

Stephen Harvey Jenny Farrell John Franks

Cheers Bar & Grill The Macquarie Boutique Hotel Jefa

Paul Dirou Cathy Young

City Hotel Zanzibar Hotel

For further information please contact Marion Frith, Communications Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, 0417 446 430 or email marion.frith@vinnies.org.au

Every day in NSW and the ACT, the Society assists thousands of people through Home Visitation, Migrant and Refugee Assistance, Hospital and Prison Visitation, Retail Centres, Supported Employment Services for People with an Intellectual Disability, Hostels for Homeless Men, Women and Families, Overseas Relief, Disaster Recovery, Budget Counselling and Youth Programs.


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