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More than 100 St Vincent de Paul Society members and volunteers came together on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas with a lunch at the All Seasons.
St Vincent de Paul Society Bendigo Regional Council president Brian Lenten said the eight conferences provided more than $600,000 worth of assistance each year.
“No form of charity is foreign to us,” he said.
“We can do anything.”
The conferences are spread across Bendigo suburbs, along with Heathcote and Castlemaine and deal with all forms of welfare requested.
“Today is a celebration and a thank you to members of St Vincent de Paul Society and the volunteers who man our shops and centres,” Mr Lenten said.
“We realise that we do not exist without the volunteers.
“Volunteers are just so important.”