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September 26, 2023

Warming winter for Tweed Shire’s homeless

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It’s no secret that the Far North Coast has some of the highest homelessness figures in the country and Dharma Care is determined to reduce those figures as the days get colder.

Dharma Care, which is an Australian charity dedicated to creating life-changing opportunities for the destitute and disadvantaged, is hosting a Winter Warmer Homelessness Relief Campaign to provide essential support and comfort to people experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, in the Tweed Shire during the cold winter months.

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Winter Warmer Fundraising Cabaret

The campaign will incorporate the first Winter Warmer Fundraising Cabaret at Kingscliff Bowls Club on Thursday 15 June. The event will bring the community together to enjoy some of the area’s best talent in support of this important cause: MC Mandy Nolan as well as The Space Cowboy, and Felicity Lawless and Ms Eleneous.

Guests will enjoy a cabaret experience and can also purchase unique artwork, and participate in a raffle or silent auction of a range of exclusive prizes. Generous donations from local businesses and community members will ensure that the auction showcases a wide selection of sought-after prizes, enticing guests to support the cause.

Tickets for the Winter Warmer Fundraising Cabaret are now available for purchase. Early booking is encouraged as places are limited.

Felicity Lawless and Ms Eleneous will bring music to the show. Photo supplied.

People are struggling to stay warm

As temperatures drop and harsh weather conditions set in, Dharma Care recognises the challenges faced by individuals and families who struggle to stay warm and healthy. The Winter Warmer Campaign aims to raise at least $50K to ensure everyone who finds themselves in that situation has access to adequate shelter, warmth, and nourishment through providing food, sleeping bags, hygiene packs, and tents.

Irwan Wyllie, CEO of Dharma Care, says they are thrilled to host the Winter Warmer Fundraising Cabaret as part of ongoing efforts to support those doing it tough. ‘This event not only offers a memorable night of entertainment but also provides an opportunity for individuals to contribute to a meaningful cause.

‘By donating to the campaign or by attending the Fundraising Cabaret, you will have a direct impact in supporting those in need to stay warm and safe during the winter season.

‘Winter can be an incredibly challenging time for those facing homelessness, and we believe it is our collective responsibility as a community to lend a helping hand. We encourage everyone in the community to join us in supporting this campaign.’

Dharma Care will work with its local partners, You Have A Friend, Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, Fred’s Place – Vinnies, and Murwillumbah Community Centre, to ensure the resources go to where they are most needed across the Tweed region.

Dharma Care invites individuals, corporations, and community organisations to participate in the Winter Warmer – Homelessness Relief Campaign. Whether through tax-deductible donations, volunteer work, sponsorships, or spreading awareness. Every contribution will make a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need.

Donate to give warmth and support

To make a tax-deductible donation, or learn how to get involved in the Winter Warmer Campaign, you can read more and donate on Dharma Care’s website or via the Australian Give Now and International Global Giving platforms.

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