“It was fantastic to have so many people take the National Homeless Persons Week 7 day Challenge this year, sipping for a swag, shopping for a cause, being sleepless in Toowoomba, taking three steps, having a free TICA check, doing the two can, spring cleaning and attending the annual homeless persons’ barbecue,” said Tiff.
Tiff said there was a strong message that we can all do something about homelessness, with over 1500 products being donated to The Basement Soup Kitchen, sleep outs happening throughout the city, countless donations being given to local charities and over $2000 being raised to purchase swags for the homeless in the city, which will be distributed through Rosies - Friends on the Street.
“It was fantastic this year to not only have local services participate but local businesses, including Woolworths, who kicked off the week by donating $1000 voucher to the Basement Soup Kitchen, and local coffee shops The Kingfisher Café, Pump@Wyalla, Bounce and Wendland Olives who gave $1 from each cup of coffee sold towards purchasing swags for the homeless.”
Bon Amacis also got involved, hosting the annual “helping the homeless” concert and Blue Illusions donated 20% of their sales to the Basement Soup Kitchen.
“Bunnings Warehouse, who since our first year, pull up their sleeves to help out however they can, and this year they provided kid’s activities and collecting nonperishable food for Toowoomba’s homeless,” said Tiff..
Tiff said the organisers were very excited about the success of this year’s events and several Toowoomba organisations have already met to plan how they can continue to raise the community’s awareness of Toowoomba’s hidden homeless and increase community involvement in next year’s event.
“Our hope is that as the community, local services and government continue to come together, we will be able to raise awareness which will prevent people from becoming homeless and we will develop local strategies to decrease the number of individuals and families who find themselves homeless in Toowoomba.”