Vineyard Needs Help to Help Others


Local State MPs have pledged their support to ensure Vineyard Mercy Centre at Lawnton can continue to meet the growing need for emergency food parcels.

Speaking after a visit to the Mercy Centre in Paisley Drive Lawnton last Friday, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur, pledged his support for the work undertaken by the Vineyard staff and volunteers.

"Vineyard provide an outstanding service to families and individuals in our local community who find themselves in urgent need of assistance with the basics," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"In 2012 Vineyard gave away 773 food parcels and the demand is continuing to grow this year."

Mr Ruthenberg and Mr Seath Holswich, Member for Pine Rivers, donated a supply of non-perishable groceries to the Centre during their visit.

"It would be great to see local schools, churches or service organisations get behind an organisation like Vineyard and organize a food drive," Mr Holswich said.

"Individuals can also support the Centre by buying something extra every time you go grocery shopping and donating the extra items to Vineyard."

The Mercy Centre has been operating for 13 years and is staffed by a team of volunteers. They are open Wednesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

For more information about Vineyard Mercy Centre, or if you'd like information about organizing a food drive, please contact Nikki Brown at or on 0402 845 175 or visit