The Riverina Police District along with other NSW Police districts are putting their best boot forward with Mission Australia for Homelessness Week.
The annual awareness campaign began yesterday and continues until Sunday, August 12.
This year’s theme is ‘Ending homelessness together’ and the Riverina Police District is joining the statewide effort for another year to raise awareness of the issues people experiencing homelessness face every day.
As part of the police initiative, officers from the Riverina Police District are donating their second-hand police boots, which will be collected by Mission Australia and distributed to those in need.
Detective Inspector Peter Hayes said the Wagga Police Station is also one of many drop-off sites established during the week.
He encouraged residents to take part in the program, saying it was a national initiative brought to Wagga.
Drop-off sites have been established at other local stations, which will remain in place during Homelessness Week and August before the donations are collected for delivery.
NSW Police Force spokesperson for homelessness Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell APM said NSW Police were proud to collaborate with Mission Australia for another year to support needy members of the community.
“Homelessness week is a vital initiative for supporting those in need, shedding the stigma around the issue, and understanding that being homeless is not always a choice,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.
“The boots are still quality shoes and it’s great they can be put to good use again.
“The drive was a huge success last year with over 300 pairs collected across NSW, so we are pleased to be able to contribute again.”
Mission Australia’s NSW State Leader, Dr Evelyne Tadros, said Mission Australia was thankful for NSW Police Force’s support.
“This boot drive is an important initiative that provides people experiencing homelessness with quality boots donated by their local police,” Dr Tadros said.
“While a pair of shoes won’t end homelessness, this is one way we can work together with NSW Police to provide some comfort and dignity to a person while Mission Australia and other services provide essential support.”
More about Homelessness Week 2018 may be found at its website.
If you, or someone you know, is seeking information on homelessness services you may contact Link2Home on 1800 152 152.
Link2Home is a single, state-wide telephone service for homelessness inquiries in NSW that offers access to specialised support and accommodation services.