Gifts help home­less

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PERTH res­i­dents are be­ing urged to do­nate new pairs of ‘Sox n Jox’ to help the needy as part of Home­less­ness Week, which runs from Au­gust 1-7.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group is join­ing forces with ra­dio sta­tion 6PR to get be­hind the Sox n Jox Ap­peal, which urges peo­ple to do­nate new socks and un­der­wear for men, women and chil­dren of all sizes, at Com­mu­nity News­pa­per of­fices through­out Perth.

The ap­peal is launched at the same time as a yet-to-be-re­leased doc­u­men­tary No Fixed Ad­dress, which chronicles the jour­ney of former home­less man Al­lan Barry.

The film, by Curtin Univer­sity stu­dent Susie Blatch­ford, shows how easy it is to find your­self on the street af­ter a run of bad luck.

“I’ve been home­less for about 4½ years,” Mr Barry said in the film.

“I had a heart oper­a­tion and I’d just started a new job.

“And when they found out I had to have three months off af­ter the oper­a­tion, I got fired.

“And once you lose your job and you can’t pay for rent, so that’s how I be­came home­less.”

Mr Barry has since found him­self a home to share, thanks to the kind­ness of a stranger – but not ev­ery­one is lucky.

Home­less­ness Week is held an­nu­ally to raise aware­ness of the prob­lem and is co-or­di­nated by Shel­ter WA.

Al­lan Barry knows how easy it is to end up liv­ing on the street.

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