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Helping the homeless have warmer nights

Tents and bedding from Splendour campers that would otherwise go to waste can now be donated to help the homeless. File photo

A campaign underway for Splendour campers to donate their unwanted camping gear at the end of the festival to those who can use it is being eagerly supported by Social Futures and On Track Community Programs (OTCP).

Social Futures and OTCP will collect the donations, ensure they are cleaned, and distribute them to organisations who work with people experiencing homelessness in the northern rivers.

Festivalgoers can donate unwanted items including tents, sleeping bags, camping tables, blow-up mattresses, blankets and pillows at clearly marked drop-off points in the campground. Items that are in good condition, but are no longer needed, will be given a new lease on life, says Cathy Serventy from Social Futures.

Every year the number of donations has been growing, said OTCP Homelessness Service manager Sarah Walker.

‘More and more socially conscious campers are leaving their gear packed up and ready to be re-homed,’ Walker said.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing or at risk of homelessness, contact Connecting Home on 6620 1800 or OTCP 1300 355 305.

To donate to Connecting Home go to www.socialfutures.org.au/donate.

It’s estimated 43,500 teenagers and young adults are homeless in Australia.


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