Gold Coasters are being encouraged to donate goods to help the growing number of the city’s homeless ahead of the annual Gold Coast Homeless Connect.
According to the last Census, more than 1700 people are believed to be homeless on the Gold Coast, and over 220 of those are sleeping rough.
Gold Coast Homeless Connect is now in its 12th year with the event taking place at Metricon Stadium on August 7.
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The event is a one-stop shop providing free goods and services to the city’s homeless including health and wellbeing, legal advice, counselling and housing services.
Those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are even offered free haircuts, manicures and vaccinations for their pets.
Gold Coast residents are asked to donate clothing, toiletries and non-perishable food and food vouchers ahead of this year’s event.
Gold Coast Homeless Connect chairperson Mona Nielsen said the donations will help give a boost to the some of the most vulnerable in our community.
“The donations received during the drive make a huge difference to our guests on the day – for many, food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, support information and someone to chat to regarding their individual needs, is what they need to take a step towards the life they are looking for,” Ms Nielsen said.
Jason Cubit, CEO of social and affordable housing provider Horizon Housing
“Many of us take things like clothing, shoes, blankets, and toiletries for granted, but for some, these everyday items just aren’t accessible,” Mr Cubit said.
“These donations can make a big change and provide some comfort and a much needed helping hand.”
Donations for the 12th annual Gold Coast Homeless Connect event are now open and can be dropped off at collection points across the Coast, including the Horizon Housing office in Robina and Metricon Stadium in Carrara.