Mayor Ron Clarke is urging residents to help the homeless.
Mayor Ron Clarke is urging residents to help the homeless.

Donation lag disappoints

DONATIONS of goods to Gold Coast City Council's Homeless Connect annual event are down on previous years.

In response, Mayor Ron Clarke urged the Gold and Tweed Coast community to dig deep, with the event being less than three weeks away.

“Last year approximately 790 homeless or ‘at risk' people attended, seeking free services and information,” said Cr Clarke.

“We anticipate an increase in numbers this year, so I encourage everyone to consider dropping off a donation, small or large, to show their support.”

The event is a one-stop shop of free services for homeless people of all ages, where people are provided with everyday goods, as well as advice on health care and accommodation options.

Last week two homeless men died alone on the streets of Tweed Heads, reigniting debate for a homeless shelter.

“We are working on it and it will come together,” the Mayor of Tweed Shire Kevin Skinner said.

But You Have a Friend president John Lee said he was sick of promises.

“Over the last two years I've spoken with Geoff Provest, Justine Elliot and Kevin Skinner and it just seems like nothing is getting done,” Mr Lee said.

“I have meetings about development applications with bureaucrats and in the meantime we've got people dying.”

Donated goods can be dropped off at Council's Customer Service Centres, the ABC studios in Mermaid Beach and the ABC shops at Robina and Helensvale until July 29.

The event will be held at Albert Waterways Community Centre on Wednesday, August 3. Visit http://www.youhaveafriend.org.au



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