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National Families Week 2012 Statement

The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council extends warm wishes to all families during National Families Week 2012 (May 15 to 21) as well as paying tribute to the unsung heroes of the community sector who help families in crisis.

Celebrations to mark the national week coincide with the UN International Day of Families on Tuesday, May 15.  This year’s theme is ‘Families make all the difference: helping kids to grow and learn’.

“The importance of family relationships and the positive influence they can have on a child’s wellbeing cannot be underestimated. Families are where children first learn what it is to be human and how to care for each other,” Chief Executive, Dr John Falzon said.

“Families are where we can all learn the values of solidarity and compassion; of building each other up and supporting each other; of valuing diversity and uniqueness; and of working together collectively.”

The St Vincent de Paul Society is proud to be able to assist Australian families in need of support and assistance. Dr Falzon is one of 30 business and community leaders chosen to be Ambassadors for National Families Week 2012.

High-profile ambassadors include former Australian Consumer and Competition Chairperson, Prof Allan Fels AO, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies Chief Executive, Andrew McCallum AM and Smith Family Chief Executive, Lisa O’Brien.

Each year hundreds of organisations hold events to mark National Families Week. To find out about an event in your area go to the Relationships Australia website http://www.familiesaustralia.org.au

 

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