STREET SWAG: St Vincent de Paul Society’s Jeanette Elliot and Gambier City Lions Darrol Cameron have joined hands to help homeless people in and around Mount Gambier. Picture: CAITLIN KENNEDYON any given night in Australia, one in 200 people are homeless, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Gambier City Lions has extended a helping hand to those in need by donating 20 “street swags” to the St Vincent de Paul Society.
The street swags are Australian-made out of lightweight waterproofed canvas with a foam mattress.
They offer users a degree of comfort, warmth and protection from the weather and can be camouflaged for safety purposes.
Jeanette Elliot from the Mount Gambier St Vinnies charity shop said while not many people slept under the stars in the city, several lived in cars and caravans.
“It will be great to help those in need, I think it is fantastic,” she said.
‘There is such a high demand in Australia for street swags and Mount Gambier residents will benefit from them.”
The swags donated by the Gambier City Lions will be passed on directly to homeless people by the St Vincent de Paul Society.