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St Vincent de Paul is led by volunteers, not CEOs

IN response to the article regarding the salary of charity CEOs (News, May 19), I am writing to clarify the position of St Vincent de Paul Northern Ireland.

In spite of being the largest charity in Northern Ireland, the society is entirely volunteer-led – we don't have and never have had a CEO. As president, I would have overall responsibility for the charity in Northern Ireland and work with the regional board to ensure SVP delivers our vital services as efficiently as possible.

We are all volunteers and together have dedicated around 300 years of service to the society.

SVP NI also has more than 1,600 active members who devote around 10,000 hours of voluntary service per week and work tirelessly 365 days a year to provide the charity's wide range of services to all sections of the community.

Our priority is to help alleviate poverty in communities and the charity has been working locally to do so for the last 165 years.

We keep admin and running costs to a minimum and it is our aim that every single penny donated by the public goes directly to helping those in need.

Our volunteers work extremely hard and commit so much of their own time to helping others. We rely entirely on them and on the generosity of the public to be able to deliver our services.

AIDAN CRAWFORD

President, SVP Northern Ireland

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