REIWA rallies support for its annual Sleeping Bag Appeal

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) is preparing to bring some warmth and comfort to those sleeping rough this winter, with its annual Sleeping Bag Appeal.

This year, participating agencies will open their doors from Monday 27 May to Wednesday 26 June to collect donations of new and freshly laundered sleeping bags and blankets, which The Salvation Army will distribute to those in need.

There will be 26 collection points across the metro area, including REIWA House, as well as collection points in Dunsborough and Beverley.

REIWA Chief Executive Officer, Cath Hart, said REIWA and its members were pleased to partner with The Salvos to bring some warmth and comfort to Western Australians doing it tough.

“WA’s real estate industry knows just how vital it is for people to have a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” Ms Hart said.

“Sadly, for the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in our state, this is not a reality.

“The Sleeping Bag Appeal is one of the ways REIWA members help those in need and support the incredible work of The Salvation Army.”

Salvation Army WA Public Relations Secretary, Warren Palmer, said the gift of a sleeping bag or blanket could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

“Right now, hundreds of Western Australians are facing the incredibly difficult decision about where they can safely sleep when all other options have been exhausted,” Mr Palmer said.

“Tents, cars, overcrowded dwellings, and rough sleeping have unfortunately become the only viable option for many, when they should never have to resort to this.

“A gift as simple as a sleeping bag could be the one thing that helps carry a family or individual to a day where new beginnings are possible.”

Donations can be made at participating agencies, REIWA House, or directly to The Salvation Army headquarters in Northbridge.

Those who wish to make a financial contribution can donate directly to the Red Shield Appeal.

You can find all the sleeping bag collection points here.

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