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Ray and Catherine were recently featured in our Vinnies Winter Appeal about the uncertain future they were facing. 

Catherine had recently graduated from a TAFE course in remedial massage and was about to start work for a health clinic and her husband Ray, was earning a good living as a personal trainer. Then COVID-19 turned their world upside down.

Within days, the clinic where Catherine was due to start work all but closed it’s doors, leaving her without employment. Five of the gyms that were providing Ray with work also closed.

Catherine says they were left wondering how they would be able to afford the rent, keep their home warm during winter and put food on the table. With the bills piling up and money running out, she reached out to Vinnies for help.

“Vinnies was able to provide assistance with our electricity bill,” she says. “That stopped us from being disconnected. They also helped with jackets and jumpers. It is a great sense of relief as a mum, to know my son was going to be warm.”

Since we shared their story, Catherine and Ray have moved to the country to take advantage of more affordable rents, and Ray has been inundated with work from gyms in the area.

The compassion and generosity of people who donated to the Vinnies Winter Appeal provided Catherine and the family the support they needed at that critical time.

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