Warmth for the winter

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Over 100,000 people in Australia are homeless. In our state alone, 5,985 people sleep homeless every night, including 939 children. Many go without food, shelter and clothing. Thousands are living in temporary housing like caravan parks, in cars, on a friend or family member’s couch or in overcrowded dwellings like boarding houses.

Homelessness doesn’t have to be like this. UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide’s annual winter campaign, Hang it up for Poverty (HIUFP), raises awareness about homelessness in South Australia and provides practical ways for people to help.

Since its launch only two years ago, over 200 individuals, schools, businesses and community groups have taken up the challenge to make a real difference. Not only have they raised $65,000 to help fund housing support services delivered by UnitingCare Wesley, they’ve donated an amazing 17,000 items of clothing for people in need across South Australia.

Having launched on Monday 1 June, this year’s HIUFP campaign is inviting donations of new or pre-loved clothing for people who are homeless this winter, and money to help UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide find safe and secure homes for people in need. This will help to provide people with the support they need to get back on their feet.

Last year churches from around South Australia joined in to support the cause. Woodville Uniting Church was one of the state’s top clothing collectors – they donated 900 items of clothing and food. Meningie Uniting Church was generous in their financial support of the campaign, raising $2,110 to help the state’s homeless.

This winter, UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide hopes to raise more than $50,000 and collect 10,000 items of clothing.

Fundraising events can be registered online. Churches who register will receive a free toolkit, including promotional materials and a donation box.

Join in and make a real difference at hangitupforpoverty.org.au

For more information, please contact UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide on 8440 2144 or contact@hangitupforpoverty.org.au


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