More Gold Coast homeless to get backpack beds

A single news article that tugged at the heartstrings was enough for dozens of Benowa seniors to rally behind a local Gold Coast charity to provide much needed swags to local homeless persons.

When residents and staff of Churches of Christ Care Lady Small Haven Aged Care Service at Benowa heard that there were approximately 6,000 people living without a home on the Gold Coast they new they wanted to provide something for them.

Lady Small Haven’s ladies group took this need to help on board as a fundraising activity and identified that Rosies – Friends on the Street was best placed to provide some relief from winter in the form of swags.


Each lightweight swag provides a warm bed, protection from the elements and insects, a lockable compartment and can be folded up within two minutes.
However each swag costs $148.50 and with their goal to raise enough for ten swags, the residents knew that it would be a challenging task, but one they would rise to.

Pam Robson, Service Manager of Lady Small Haven at Benowa was amazed by the enthusiasm and commitment by residents to the cause.

“Our residents, including some with sight impairment, rallied together with the ladies group knitting rugs and within a very short time a number of these were completed and used as fundraising lucky draws,” Pam said.

“There were also stalls held where many items, including rocky road chocolate, greeting cards and knitted items made by the residents were sold, along with other items donated by staff and residents.

“Additionally residents and staff generously donated funds out of their own pockets.”
“We raised $2,000, which is enough to provide the original goal of ten swags plus an additional four swags, all this within three months which is just amazing!”

Pam encourages readers to donate at or by drop into Lady Small Haven Aged Care Service at Benowa which is one of 28 residential aged care services operated by Churches of Christ Care – one of the leading not-for-profit providers of residential aged care in Queensland and Victoria.

An official handover to Rosies – Friends on the Street of the funding for ten swags will take place at Lady Small Haven Aged Care Service, Benowa on Monday 25 August at 10.30am.