Shelterbags for the homeless sleeping rough
Increasing numbers of people who are homeless and sleeping rough
Winter is worst time of the year - bedding becomes wet and unusual
Waste of donated resources - blankets, sleeping bags
Growing awareness in community of the homeless and their needs - CEO sleepout / Sunday Mail Annual Blanket Appeal / Red Shield
Need for an immediate solution that offers shelter from the elements when sleeping rough
What are Shelterbags?
A lightweight, waterproof, vented swag
Includes mattress and padded hood
Easy to carry when rolled up (backpack size and weight)
Add sleeping bag or other bedding to suit seasonal conditions
Keeps bedding dry, provides warmth and some dignity
What is the cost?
Currently $85 per bag (includes shipping)
Import them by the container load - 900 bags - through Rotary Club of Terrigal
How are they distributed?
Memorandum of Understanding with Rotary Club of Terrigal in place to supply bags to Rotary Club of Gawler Light for further distribution to other Rotary clubs and organisations as needed.
The next container is due to be ordered by October 2023, ready for 2024 winter.
Rotary Club of Gawler Light and partner clubs to purchase around 300 bags for distribution in District 9510.