Help Needed for the Uniting Care West Winter Appeal

Uniting Care West Winter Appeal 2017

On a Saturday morning in Perth there is nowhere to go if you are homeless or at risk of homelessness: the city is a dark and bleak place, particularly in winter.

The Uniting Care West Tranby Shelter currently offers free breakfast, shower facilities, support services and a warm venue to the homeless community on Mondays through Fridays.

On Sundays there are other support services available to those doing it tough but on Saturday mornings there is nowhere to go in Perth. Tranby stays dark.

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We need your help to Turn on the Lights!

Your donation will make a significant impact in our quest to raise the $150,000 needed to offer Saturday services for a year.

UCW Chief Executive Officer Amanda Hunt said she hoped the Community Breakfast would shine a light on the plight of people like Michael doing it tough this winter and help raise enough funds to keep Tranby open on Saturday mornings for a whole year.

“Our ‘Turn on the Lights’ campaign has been well supported so far and it’s been heartening to be able to open the doors at Tranby on Saturday mornings over the past few weeks, even just to offer basic services,” Ms Hunt said.

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“We’ve seen people walk in off the streets soaked to the skin and freezing, with nowhere else to go. They’re just so thankful to be warm and dry, something we all take for granted.

“I’d encourage everyone in the community to spend a few minutes next Saturday morning thinking how it would feel if they’d just spent a night sleeping rough, with no prospect of a hot shower, a meal and clean clothes.

“I’d then encourage them to dig deep and support our Winter Appeal to help Turn on the Lights for those most vulnerable in our community,” she said.

People can support UCW’s Winter Appeal by visiting: http://www.unitingcarewest.org.au/donate/2017-winter-appeal/

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