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UnitingCare West launches its 2016 Winter Appeal – highlighting the alarming number of homeless women in WA

On Tuesday 7 June, UnitingCare West launched its 2016 Winter Appeal, with the aim of raising $100,000 to help reduce the number of women who are homeless across WA. 

The official launch was held at UCW’s Inner City Service Centre and attended by over 70 guests, including The Hon. Andrea Mitchell MLA, Minister for Mental Health and Child Protection who presented a cheque of $16,500 on behalf of Premier Colin Barnett to support UnitingCare West’s homelessness services.

The evening also featured a speech from a female client of UnitingCare West’s homelessness services who shared her experience of being homeless in Perth.

Mr Peter Fitzpatrick AM, Chair of the UnitingCare West Board highlighted that the homeless population of Perth is approaching 10,000 people, with around 61% of people accessing homelessness services in WA being women.

Family and domestic violence is the key reason that women seek assistance, followed by financial crisis and a lack of affordable housing. UnitingCare West relies on the generous support of the WA community to help run its homelessness services and every dollar makes a difference.

“Our mission is to work with people and communities so those most in need can belong and thrive. However, we cannot do this alone and need your help to run our homelessness services,” UnitingCare West CEO, Sue Ash AO, said.

The UnitingCare West Winter Appeal runs throughout June, July and August 2016 to raise much needed funds to support those sleeping rough on the streets of Perth during the coldest months of the year. Just $25 pays for a person’s breakfast for five days at UCW’s Tranby Centre. We also collect items such as sleeping bags, sturdy blankets and jeans.

This is the first in a series of events and activities that UCW will be running as part of the 2016 Winter Appeal. Follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with the Appeal.

Anyone wishing to donate to UnitingCare West’s 2015 Winter Appeal can call 1300 663 298 or visit www.unitingcarewest.org.au.

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