Centacare Geraldton receives more than $46,000 from Lotterywest to support people facing financial hardship

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Centacare's Chamari Liyanage and David Power with Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton.
Camera IconCentacare's Chamari Liyanage and David Power with Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton. Credit: Supplied

Welfare charity Centacare Geraldton has received more than $46,000 to help provide crisis and emergency relief to people facing financial hardship.

Centacare Family Services Geraldton has received the funding from Lotterywest to support the charity during this economically difficult time.

The funding is set to improve the organisation’s capacity for emergency relief, and will also support the charity’s long-running Back to School program which provides stationery and helps pay for school uniforms for eligible families.

Centacare provides help to more than 2000 people in Geraldton, with services ranging from counselling to housing support.

Centacare CEO David Power said the help was very much appreciated as more Geraldton people faced increasing financial pressure.

“Recently we have seen a significant increase in the amount of people seeking assistance with purchasing food, medicines, and other essentials. This is strongly influenced by the rising cost of living,” he said.

“The support provided by Lotterywest will allow us to continue supporting those in need within our community.”

Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton said Centacare’s important work needed support now more than ever.

“This grant is crucial to support Geraldton residents with crisis relief including food and household items and the important Back to School program,” she said.

“Due to cost-of-living pressures, I am proud to have Centacare in our community ensuring government support is directed to those most in need.”

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