REIWA calls for community support in annual Sleeping Bag Appeal


REIWA is proud to launch its annual Sleeping Bag Appeal, to help bring some warmth and comfort to those sleeping rough this Winter.

This year participating agencies will open their doors from Monday 27 May to Wednesday 26 June to collect donations of new and freshly laundered sleeping bags and blankets, which The Salvation Army will distribute to those in need.

There will be 26 collection points across the metro area, including REIWA House, as well collection points in Dunsborough and Beverley.

REIWA CEO Cath Hart said REIWA and its members were pleased to partner with the Salvos to bring some warmth and comfort to Western Australians doing it tough.

“WA’s real estate industry knows just how vital it is for people to have a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” she said.

“Sadly, for the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in our state, this is not a reality.

“The Sleeping Bag Appeal is one of the ways REIWA members help those in need and support the incredible work of The Salvation Army.”

Salvation Army WA Public Relations Secretary Warren Palmer said the gift of a sleeping bag or blanket could make a huge difference to someone’s life.

“Right now, hundreds of Western Australian are facing the incredibly difficult decision about where they can safely sleep when all other options have been exhausted,” he said.

“Tents, cars, overcrowded dwellings, and rough sleeping have unfortunately become the only viable option for many, when they should never have to resort to this.

“A gift as simple as a sleeping bag could be the one thing that helps carry a family or individual to a day where new beginnings are possible.”

Donations can be made at participating agencies, REIWA House, or directly to the Salvation Army headquarters in Northbridge.

Those who wish to make a financial contribution can donate directly to the Red Shield Appeal.

View the 2024 Sleeping Bag Appeal collection points.

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