Helping hand for homeless

Representatives from AccordWest, St Mary's Anglicare Emergency Relief and the Salvation Army all agreed there had been an increase in homelessness in Busselton.
Representatives from AccordWest, St Mary's Anglicare Emergency Relief and the Salvation Army all agreed there had been an increase in homelessness in Busselton.

The Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay has facilitated a much-needed donation for several Busselton support services.

When the club heard Qantas was clearing its blanket stock, Rotarians Chris and Peter White travelled to Perth to collect as much as they could for the Busselton community.

The club acquired 100 quilts and 50 blankets, which they split between AccordWest, St Mary's Anglicare Emergency Relief and the Salvation Army.

Ms White said the club was happy to help support such worthy recipients.

“AccordWest really work on the ground with the homeless in Busselton and St Mary’s and the Salvation Army are quite prominent for the work they do in the community to support those in need,” she said.

St Mary's Anglicare Emergency Relief volunteer Sandra Marriott welcomed the donation.

“We are seeing more homeless in town than last year, whether it is people who are couch surfing, staying in tents or cars, or who have no fixed address,” she said.

“This winter has been particularly wet and cold so this donation makes a real difference.”

The donation coincides with Homelessness Week, which runs until August 12.