Blan­ket ap­peal cov­ers all of Perth

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PURSLOWE Funer­als in Victoria Park is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to do­nate spare blan­kets to sup­port those sleep­ing rough this win­ter.

Purslowe Fu­neral’s Mark Purslowe said the blan­ket ap­peal was a great way to raise aware­ness of the plight of home­less­ness while also sup­port­ing the less for­tu­nate.

“As the nights get colder dur­ing the harsh win­ter months, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the many dis­ad­van­taged and home­less Aus­tralians liv­ing with­out the win­ter essen­tials,” he said.

“A sta­ple in many linen clos­ets and beds across Aus­tralia, hav­ing a com­fort­able and cosy blan­ket to keep you warm at night can be a lux­ury many peo­ple can’t af­ford.”

Purslowe Funer­als will col­lect blan­kets un­til the end of next month. Do­na­tions will be dis­trib­uted by Angli­care WA.

“With the help of the com­mu­nity last year, over 3860 blan­kets were col­lected na­tion­ally, mean­ing over 7000 dis­a­van­taged Aus­tralians were kept warm,” Mr Purslowe said.

“This year we’re hop­ing to raise the bar and dou­ble the num­ber of blan­kets do­nated to dis­ad­van­taged Aus­tralians. It's a big goal but we know we can count on the gen­er­ous sup­port of the com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to Home­less­ness Aus­tralia, one in 200 Aus­tralians sleep rough each night. In 2015 there were around 105,237 home­less in Aus­tralia. Nearly 20,000 of these were chil­dren un­der 10.

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