Blanket appeal covers all of Perth
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.