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Joy to the world

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

WHILE many people celebrate this festive season with their loved ones, many are left alone to live on prayers and faith.

But yesterday, joy and laughter filled the emptiness at St Vincent De Paul Homes in Toorak as some good Samaritans visited its residents.

Staff members of PriceWaterhouse Coopers surprised the residents with gifts and goodies.

It is one of the biggest contributions by any corporate body, says head matron Ranadi Naqelevuki.

Ms Naqelevuki said there were 27 residents of the home, majority of them by their families.

"There were 15 of them that came from St Giles Hospital and they were rejected by their families and were left on the street. We went to get them off the streets and gave them shelter up until now," she said.

For some of them, she said she just approached them because they were sleeping on the streets.

Working at the home for more than 10 years, she said it was a huge gesture to make them happy.

"We know that someone out there will come and visit them and do something to put a smile on their faces this Christmas."

She said the visit from PWC gave them joy as it showed that some people still cared.

She encouraged other good Samaritans to think of the senior citizen's homes as a single donation could lift their spirits.

PWC senior partner Jenny Seeto said the gift was part of their social club's initiative.

Ms Seeto said very few people knew about Vincent Homes and the purpose of the presentation could create awareness.

Trustees of the home are in the final stage of putting together renovation plans which will improve comfort for its residents.