button in toolbar for more information.
Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST starting Monday December 8 www.innerwestweekly.com.au & Page 6 THE 12 HOLIDAYS OF CHRISTMAS WIN On the first day of Christmas my paper gave to me Inner-West Weekly of the best 6 Discover the perfect places to eat, shop, spend time with the family, relax, and celebrate Christmas YOUR PREMIUM G UIDE TO THE INNER WES 20-page leisure guide liftout Page 27 Tragic millions FIONA BRADY The Rev Bill Crews (main picture) is crying out for donations and his friend John Singleton (above) has chipped in $1 million. Picture: PHIL BLATCH A ''TWIN-TSUNAMI'' of rising demand and falling donations is headed straight for the Exodus Foundation. The Rev Bill Crews says the credit crunch is already having a dramatic impact on the Ashfield- based charity. This week his advertising guru mate John Singleton donated $1 million to Exodus' Christmas appeal. But the clergyman says he still needs $4 million more -- and he is hoping Inner-West Weekly readers will help. ''We don't want to appear anxiety-producing and we don't want to appear to be exploiting the situation but in the last month, it has started to become really evi- dent that things are going to be really tough,'' he said. He said more and more needy and homeless people were going to the charity's free restaurant -- Loaves and Fishes -- with some walking up to three hours to get there. ''For breakfast, we'll maybe get 150 people and for lunch we'll get up to 400 people,'' he said. ''Over the past month or so, we've seen a changeover in faces as more new people are coming.'' He said the charity noticed a downturn in its donations almost from the first day the financial crisis hit the media. ''The worry is that we have just started our Christmas appeal and in the first week we're 10 per cent down in the numbers of people who have donated and we are kind of worried if that goes on week after week, you could be 40, 50 per cent down,'' he said. ''I don't think it's because people don't have the money, I think it's because people are frightened and they're hoarding it. ''Places like us are a real bar- ometer of what's going on in society because as soon as people lose their jobs, they come here to eat and as soon as finance tightens up, our donations go down. ''We're worried about being hit by a twin tsunami and that's my big worry.'' The good mate who chipped in Singo eats in the soup kitchen on Thursday. See it online. www.innerwestweekly.com.au THEY'RE an odd couple, but the friendship of Bill Crews and John Singleton has stood the test of 36 years. On Sunday night the advertising supremo rang the reverend during his weekly radio program on 2GB to tell him he was donating $1 million to the Exodus Foundation's Christmas appeal. Singleton said he was determined to help, even though he'd been hit by the economic downturn. And he challenged other business leaders to do the same. The Rev Crews was delighted by his friend's generosity. ''Good on you, John. Those needy people who approach us will bless you for this,'' he said. To support the Exodus Foundation this Christmas phone 8752 4600 or visit www.exodusfoundation.net
November 26th 2008
December 10th 2008