Cam­paign shares dig­nity

Com­mu­nity cen­tre’s mis­sion for those sleep­ing rough

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

FALL­ING on hard times can hap­pen to the best of the pop­u­la­tion.

Staff at the Caloun­dra Com­mu­nity Cen­tre see a wide de­mo­graphic of peo­ple walk­ing through their door, many who just need a help­ing hand to get back on top of things.

Oth­ers may have found them­selves in a po­si­tion of home­less­ness, which is where their new street swag cam­paign be­comes all the more im­por­tant.

Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Worker Jody Black­burn said the cam­paign is about giv­ing home­less peo­ple the dig­nity they de­serve.

“We have a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple that come to the cen­tre reg­u­larly for all sorts of is­sues,” she said.

“We do see a lot of peo­ple do­ing it tough fi­nan­cially and a lot of peo­ple find them­selves home­less.

“Some peo­ple have a car but some peo­ple don’t have any­thing at all.

“Some peo­ple have had mul­ti­ple houses have been quite wealthy and some­thing has hap­pened that has changed ev­ery­thing and they’ve ended up in a po­si­tion they thought they’d never be in.

“It’s about some dig­nity for the per­son as these swags are de­signed to not show that this per­son is home­less.”

The street swags cost $80 each but of­fer the per­son re­ceiv­ing them a safety net they may have not had be­fore.

“What re­ally drew me to them (Street Swags) was how they work – they’re par­tic­u­larly com­mu­nity minded,” she said.

Do­na­tions for the swags can be made via www. caloun­dra com­mu­nity cen­tre .org. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit streetswags.org/ street-swags.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

MAK­ING CHANGE: Caloun­dra Com­mu­nity Cen­tre staff To­mas Passeggi and Kim Davis kick off the fundrais­ing cam­paign for Street Swags.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

LEND­ING A HELP­ING HAND: To­mas Passeggi ramp­ing up fundrais­ing ef­forts for street swags.

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