Guardian Pharmacy has donated more than 40,000 knitted garments to the St Vincent de Paul Society
The garments, which included beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves, were donated by members of the Guardian Angels Knitting Program and delivered to Vinnies Shops across the country by transport companies Kings, Victoria Freight Specialists and Followmont Transport at no cost.
Merchandising and Marketing General Manager Sarah Pizzey of Guardian’s parent company, Sigma Healthcare, says the company is thrilled by the number of Australians willing to donate their time to the cause.
“The Guardian Angels Knitting Program is now in its 19th year, and the compassion of our Guardian Angels and the wider community never ceases to amaze us,” Ms Pizzey says.
“For these knitters and transport companies to help those less fortunate and not expect anything in return is one of the kindest gestures anyone can do.
“On behalf of the company, we thank you for all the support you’ve given to us and the St Vincent de Paul Society – it truly has made a difference to the lives of people in need.”
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Chief Executive Officer Sue Cattermole added that they are delighted the campaign was such a success.
“We’re extremely grateful for clothing donations by the Guardian Angels community,” she says.
“Over 2.5 million Australians are experiencing poverty, so thanks to this initiative, thousands of people in need will be a little bit warmer over winter.”
The project commenced on July 17 and finished on August 31, with Guardian Pharmacies in each state and territory across the country actively participating.