Peel Health Campus staff pitch into help Mandurah’s homeless
Aug 07, 2020
Blankets, knitted scarves, beanies, food items and toiletries are among the items Peel Health Campus (PHC), which is part of Ramsay Health Care, staff and volunteers have donated to homeless people.
The Peel Homelessness Awareness Day (6 August), which is coordinated by Westaus Crisis, aims to support homeless people and those who are struggling by offering free goods and services.
PHC Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Tome, said the hospital had a stand at the event each year but this year was significantly different because of COVID-19.
“We joined about a dozen other agencies, which also took part,” Mr Tome said.
“However, the event was different this year. We didn’t have a stand and we delivered the goods and spoke to people while respecting physical distancing rules.”
According to Homelessness Australia, more than 9, 000 West Australians are without a home on any given night.
Domestic violence and relationship issues are the main cause of homelessness, followed by financial difficulties and accommodation issues.
Mr Tome said the situation with COVID-19 had put people under even more pressure.
“The community needs our help now more than ever,” he said.
PHC Catering Manager Paul Calleja has been collecting supplies on behalf of the hospital for years.
“It is just fantastic the way the community pulls together to help,” he said.
“Until I became involved in this event a few years ago, I didn’t realise how many people were in need.
“These causes are very important – not only to provide direct support and assistance to those in need but importantly, it also raises awareness of homelessness in the community.”