Thousands of crafty Australians are busy knitting for good as part of the Guardian Angels program
Now in its 19th year, the Guardian Angels Knitting Program has provided warm clothing to more than two million people in need.
This year, the program teamed up with the St Vincent de Paul Society to give back to the tens of thousands of Australians facing hardship this winter.
From 17th July to 31st August 2017, Guardian Pharmacies across the country will distribute knitted garments including beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves to Vinnies shops and services in a bid to provide each of the 105,000 homeless Australians with warm winter wear.
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Chief Executive Officer Sue Cattermole says Vinnies is grateful for the donations, which would help give dignity and comfort to Australians in need.
“Homelessness doesn’t discriminate – it can affect people of all ages and backgrounds – and for the 105,000 people experiencing homelessness each night, winter is a particularly hard time,” Ms Cattermole says.
“We are fortunate to have the support of the Guardian Angels community and look forward to working together to provide a hand up to those who need it most in the cooler months.”
Gary Dunne, Chief Operating Officer of Guardian’s parent company, Sigma Healthcare, says the business is proud to partner with the St Vincent de Paul Society and hopes the initiative will help make a difference to the lives of thousands of Australians.
“We are consistently amazed by the endless compassion of our Guardian Angels, and are thrilled to have the St Vincent de Paul Society come on board as our official charity partner this year,” Mr Dunne says.
“We place great value on giving back to the communities in which we operate and recognise that we all have a role to play in breaking the cycle of poverty and those who are disadvantaged.
“Through these important partnerships, we are helping to break down barriers, one step at a time.”