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MEDIA RELEASE 3 March 2010

VINNIES HEATHRIDGE RE-OPENS FRIDAY MARCH 12 Shoppers in the Heathridge area will soon be greeted with a fresh new look Vinnies Retail Centre following a recent upgrade. Vinnies Heathridge located at 5/89 Caridean Street will officially reopen its doors to the public on Friday 12 March at 12noon. The Centre closed for renovations in late January to receive an upgrade which included new carpet, shelving and displays, a new shop counter, internal paint and a more efficient sorting and pricing area. The renovations are important in ensuring Vinnies Centres provide customers with a pleasant and dignified shopping experience while providing the dedicated team of volunteers with a safe and enjoyable place to work. The Centre’s Manager, Leonie Keenan says the Heathridge Centre has over 50 volunteers who give generously of their time to support the local community and are integral to the running of the service. “Vinnies Heathridge has a remarkable team of volunteers, 11 of whom have each given over 10 years of service - this equates to a total of 149 years,” she says. “The volunteers are extremely excited to see their new look Centre and are eager to start trading again. We welcome customers to visit the Centre and know they will love the fresh and brighter feel and great range on offer,” Leonie says. The Vinnies Retail Centres exist to provide the local community with a cheaper shopping alternative of good quality, pre-loved clothing and household goods and serve as outlets for welfare assistance. The Centres also provide many volunteering opportunities for anyone who enjoys working with others and would like to learn new skills. For more information on volunteering with the Vinnies Retail Centres please call the St Vincent de Paul Society on (08) 9475 5400 or visit Media Enquiries: Communications Coordinator: Deana Tesoriero (08) 9475 5426 or 0404 086 054 Media Spokesperson: Lucinda Ardagh (08) 9475 5427 or 0403 322 238 Official Re-opening of Vinnies Heathridge Media are invited to attend the official opening and blessing of the newly refurbished Vinnies Heathridge. Date: Friday 12 March 2010 Time: 10:00am Morning tea will be served and Clément Astruc, State President will officially re-open the Centre Please RSVP by 8 March 2010 to Photographers are also welcome.