Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
  • Melbournians want to know what does '845' mean?
  • Melbourne based volunteer charity Swags for Homeless gives whole city of rough sleeping homeless a free Backpack Bed - all 845 - to inspire other cities and towns around the world.
  • TV / Photo Opp. Monday, Nov 30, until 7pm, see from helicopter and Westgate bridge (while driving to Melbourne CBD).

World First - all street sleeping homeless in Melbourne (845 people - ABS 2006) will be given a free Backpack Bed. Distribution will begin during Swags for Homeless Week (Mon Nov 30 - Sun Dec 6) .

Tony Clark (Founder & Volunteer of Swags for Homeless) said, “It's all about providing a minimum level of dignity to a person sleeping on the street.  It is an absolute horror that Australia a first world country has this homeless crisis. I am just an average Aussie bloke - enough is enough. Many don't realise that just a fifth of what some capital cities spend on Christmas decorations is enough to supply a whole city of rough sleeping homeless with a Backpack Bed.

"Festive cheer is great if you sleep in a warm bed.  When homeless are turned away from shelters - a Backpack Bed is better than nothing. Charities agree that our Backpack Bed is an effective interim crisis measure."

Backpack Beds are distributed nationally by homeless & emergency relief agencies.

CALL to Melbourne homeless charities - get free Backpack Beds for your rough sleepers - first in best dressed go to www.swags.org.au

The world's only Backpack Bed - Emergency relief for homeless:
- waterproof / windproof / fire retardant / anti-mildew fabric
- mosquito mesh ventilation
- built in 190cm insulated comfort mattress (fire retardant, anti-mildew, waterproof with space blanket backing)
- fully functioning backpack with built-in storage pockets & caribiners
- lockable internal pocket (with supplied key lock)
ultra lightweight fabric suited for Ski mountains of Europe + KEVLAR security loop

There are over 104,600 homeless in Australia.16,375 sleep on the streets nightly. (ABS 2006).

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Swags for Homeless

Founded by Tony Clark, Swags for Homeless provides free Backpack Beds™ (swags) as an interim crisis measure to street sleeping homeless. The concept of a swag being used for homeless people was revolutionised to create a Backpack and Bed in one (an outdoor all weather protection sleeping unit).

• National not for profit charity - donations over $2 are tax deductible
• 100% run by professional volunteers - NO PAID STAFF
• Only 1.89% of funds raised went to overheads (ASIC Audit March 2009)

The organisation's mission is:
To nationally improve, support and bring back dignity to homeless people.
To establish, conduct and manage projects focused on the homeless.
To assist and conduct social welfare and relief work including the relief of poverty, sickness, suffering and misfortune.
Tony Clark, Founder & Chairman, Swags for Homeless
P: 03 9764 9422
M: 0411 455 779
W: www.swags.org.au


What does ‘845’ mean? 845 is the official number of rough sleepers in Melbourne. Swags for Homeless Week (Mon Nov 30 - Sun Dec 6) Public Awareness for Homeless Crisis in Melbourne


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