What started out as simply collecting socks for the homeless this winter grew into something much more, due to the wonderful contributions and generous donations of our amazing local residents, as well as support from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup. Working closely with the Perth City Homeless Group, the club’s Homeless Working Group was able to provide, not only over 300 pairs of socks for distribution but also managed to put together 32 backpacks for men and women for donation to the needy. Each backpack carried a tag identifying that it was a donation from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup. Recently these were delivered for distribution by the Perth City Homeless Support Group.
 
 
According to the Zero Project, in December 2021 there were 1,001 people known to be living homeless in Perth and Fremantle. We know that number to be increasing at an alarming rate. Homeless people struggle to find clean dry socks, which can result in their developing trench foot and other problems. This is best prevented by wearing clean dry socks. Following on from providing support for the Rotary Club of Heirisson’s 'Socks in the City' project in winter 2021, the Rotary Club of Karrinyup’s Homeless Working Group launched its own campaign this winter to supply warm socks to homeless people. Over a number of weeks, the team collected both socks and money at the admin stall at the Stirling Farmers Market.
 
What started out as simply collecting socks grew into something much, much more. Due to the amazing contributions made by generous donations from our amazing local residents, as well as from our club, the team was able to work closely with the Perth City Homeless Group to do much more. During consultation sessions with this group, they discussed the other immediate needs of the homeless for this winter, apart from housing. As a result, the team was able to provide, not only over 300 pairs of socks for distribution but also put together 32 backpacks for men and women for donation.
 
As recommended by the Perth City Homeless Group, the backpacks contained the following items: blanket, beanie, socks, scarf, gloves, toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, soap, deodorant, small medical kit, two tins of tuna, crackers, energy bar, insulated cup, wipes and sanitary items for the ladies’ backpacks. In addition, each backpack carried a tag identifying that it was a donation from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup. In addition, the team received a number of thermal tops, underwear and a few bags of extremely nice Gazman jumpers, coats and jeans, which also went to the city group and will hopefully bring some warm relief.
 
The backpacks were delivered to the Perth City Homeless Group, for distribution. This is the largest of Perth’s homeless groups and the Karrinyup Rotary team was most impressed with their organisation skills. All groups or organisations delivering goods and food to the Perth homeless must be registered with the city. This is to stop people haphazardly leaving food, clothes and other items around the city in an unorganised manner. Previously some of these items dropped were not being picked up and therefore were wasted.
 
The project has not stopped there. Planning is already underway with 50 backpacks on order for next year, which hopefully will be delivered before the start of next winter. 
 
Pictures below:
  • Empty backpack
  • Backpack contents
  • Backpack tag identifying it is a donation from the Rotary Club of Karrinyup.
For further information contact Sandra McGuire Rotary Club of Karrinyup Sandra Mcguire