Almost 1500 Gold Coast residents are homeless according to research provided by Gold Coast Homelessness Network, who today launched the donation drive for the 10th Gold Coast Homeless Connect event.
Calling on the public to donate non-perishable food and food vouchers, clothing, blankets, and toiletries at dedicated collection points around the coast, Gold Coast Homelessness Network President and Chair Person Mona Nielsen said that the demand for support is high in the region.
“There is a common misconception that homelessness is something that only affects a certain generation, but in fact it affects people of all ages – we see a huge proportion of youth needing support, up to those in their late 80s,” Mrs Nielsen said.
“While domestic violence is a key driver of homelessness in our community, often only one change to a person’s circumstances such as a loss of income or a relationship breakdown can lead to having nowhere to go.
“This year we are asking our community to donate items that could make a difference to the lives of kids, youth and older Australians that are doing it tough in the lead-up to 2 August, when we will hold our 10th annual Homeless Connect event at Metricon Stadium.”
Homeless Connect 2017 volunteer, Peter McGregor, can attest to how easily circumstantial changes can leave you with nowhere to go.
“About 10 years ago, my father passed away which left me both homeless and feeling hopeless,” Mr McGregor said.
“I spent six months sleeping on the streets around the Gold Coast before I was offered support from the community to find a home with Horizon Housing – and that is when I knew I truly wanted to get off the street.
“I’ve now been volunteering at Gold Coast Homeless Connect for the last five years and urge anyone who is doing it tough to come along and seek out the services available to them, as it can be lifechanging.”
The 10th annual Gold Coast Homeless Connect event will be held at Metricon Stadium on Wednesday 2 August, which will include volunteered services from a wide range of groups including longtime sponsors Horizon Housing, Gold Coast Community Fund and Partners in Recovery.
Those looking to donate can do so from today at dedicated collection points including Horizon Housing, Metricon Stadium and Salvation Army stores on the Gold Coast – with more donation points to be announced in the months to follow.