Thanks to being in the right place at the right time, and some quick actions/decisions by some members, the Rotary Club was able to secure a share of blankets and doonas donated by Qantas to Rotary across Australia.  One hundred and fifty of these have now been distributed to local organisations that assist the homeless in Busselton.

The happy recipient organisations were accordwest, which has a person working directly with the homeless and refuges in Busselton and The Salvation Army and St Mary’s Emergency Relief.

The representatives of all three agencies spoke of the ‘hidden homelessness’ situation in our region, where many people are couch surfing, squatting and living in cars, or even in the bush areas around the townsite rather than in the parks in town where they would be more visible.

Our thanks to Rotarians Chris & Peter White who made did a quick trip to Perth on a wild and stormy day to pick up our allocation of approx 150 assorted blankets/doonas.