Coats gifted to 20 Gisborne homeless

World Homeless Day (on Tuesday) has a focus on 'locals acting locally on a global day'

World Homeless Day (on Tuesday) has a focus on 'locals acting locally on a global day'

HELPING THE HOMELESS: Pictured with one of the 20 coats being given to homeless in Gisborne are (from left): Daniel James (Addiction Services), Guy Baker (Te Kupenga Net Trust), Mere Wawatai (Te Whare o te Rito) and Molly Para (Te Whare Awhiora). World Homeless Day was marked on Tuesday, with a focus on “locals acting locally on a global day”. Picture supplied

As countries around the world mark World Homeless Day this week, 20 Gisborne people sleeping rough will receive coats specifically designed to meet the need of the homeless. World Homeless Day is part of a global effort to raise awareness with a focus on “locals acting locally on a global day”.

Australian charity Order of Malta has been organising Coats for the Homeless for the last couple of years. The Catholic Mission in Auckland, through the St Vincent de Paul Society in Gisborne, offered the coats for the homeless here. Mainfreight delivered them to Gisborne free of charge said Hauora Tairawhiti communications manager Toni Lexmond.

Guy Baker, from Te Kupenga Net Trust, says they have been working with Sister Meg of the Catholic church in Gisborne to make sure the coats are distributed to people with the most need.

“We have also been working with Addiction Services, Te Whare o te Rito (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), Te Whare Awhiora (Acute Mental Health Services) and Ka Pai Kaiti.

“Gisborne has many people living on the streets or sleeping rough. Numbers always increase in the summer. Keeping warm and comfortable are two of the biggest concerns for these people. It can be a constant battle. These black three-quarter length coats are quilted and warm, shower-proof; comfortable and portable.

“The gift of a coat will keep people warm and dry. It also shows that people are thinking of them and the challenges they face.”

World Homeless Day was born out of discussions between aid workers around the world, all of whom were helping the homeless in their own countries. The emphasis is on giving hands-on aid that is sensitive to local needs while being aware of the global problem of homelessness, and feeling solidarity with other charity workers around the world.

As countries around the world mark World Homeless Day this week, 20 Gisborne people sleeping rough will receive coats specifically designed to meet the need of the homeless. World Homeless Day is part of a global effort to raise awareness with a focus on “locals acting locally on a global day”.

Australian charity Order of Malta has been organising Coats for the Homeless for the last couple of years. The Catholic Mission in Auckland, through the St Vincent de Paul Society in Gisborne, offered the coats for the homeless here. Mainfreight delivered them to Gisborne free of charge said Hauora Tairawhiti communications manager Toni Lexmond.

Guy Baker, from Te Kupenga Net Trust, says they have been working with Sister Meg of the Catholic church in Gisborne to make sure the coats are distributed to people with the most need.

“We have also been working with Addiction Services, Te Whare o te Rito (Child and Adolescent Mental Health), Te Whare Awhiora (Acute Mental Health Services) and Ka Pai Kaiti.

“Gisborne has many people living on the streets or sleeping rough. Numbers always increase in the summer. Keeping warm and comfortable are two of the biggest concerns for these people. It can be a constant battle. These black three-quarter length coats are quilted and warm, shower-proof; comfortable and portable.

“The gift of a coat will keep people warm and dry. It also shows that people are thinking of them and the challenges they face.”

World Homeless Day was born out of discussions between aid workers around the world, all of whom were helping the homeless in their own countries. The emphasis is on giving hands-on aid that is sensitive to local needs while being aware of the global problem of homelessness, and feeling solidarity with other charity workers around the world.

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