Appeal deserves blanket coverage
CHIPPER Funerals has led a campaign to help Australians sleeping rough by calling for and then matching donations of spare blankets.
This week, Anglicare WA will receive a total of 700 blankets through the statewide Winter Blanket Appeal, which includes 350 blankets donated by the public and 350 from Chipper Funerals and other participating InvoCare businesses.
“As the nights get colder, we’re thrilled that we can support the many disadvantaged and homeless Western Australians living without winter essentials,” Chipper Funerals spokesman Daniel McKeig said.
Anglicare WA executive general manager of marketing and partnerships Carrick Robinson said the blanket appeal put homelessness on the agenda of local communities.
“The winter months mean the hardships of homelessness get amplified and requests for assistance to Anglicare WA increase even beyond the current high level of need,” he said.
Homelessness Australia statistics show one in 200 people in Australia sleep rough each night.
Sitting among donated blankets are Chipper Funerals’ Debbie Christie with Anglicare WA’s Jamie Chadwick and Carrick Robinson.