Gifts help homeless
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 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 four-and-a-half years,” Mr Barry said. “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 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 coordinated by Shelter WA.
Allan Barry knows how easy it is to end up living on the street.