Supporting Backpack Bed’s for Homeless

Samantha Elvy has recently lent her support to a wonderful community initiative to help Sydney’s homeless – an issue that’s particularly magnified in this environment of rising inflation and low housing affordability.

“Every day our industry helps people secure their own home yet I’m all too aware that there are so many people who don’t have the basic necessity of their own safe space. I wanted to do something to help those less fortunate who are in the unimaginable situation of being homeless,” says Sam. “It’s already been such a bitterly cold winter and I wanted to assist in some way, so I’m getting behind the great people at national registered charity Backpack Bed for Homeless.

Sam has pledged that from every sale she makes during July and August she’ll purchase a Backpack Bed and has encouraged the entire CH sales team to follow suit. The cleverly designed Backpack Beds provide both shelter and storage space, helping to improve the dignity, health, sleep, warmth, comfort and safety of those on the streets. Additionally, the charity’s Hypothermia Packs, which contain a fire retardant, washable polar fleece sleeping bag and an emergency space blanket, help the many homeless who suffer wet weather illnesses and hypothermia.

The charity partners with more than 800 homeless agencies across Australia to distribute this life saving assistance including The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Orange Sky. “In 2019-20 more than 82,000 requests for accommodation from homeless people across Australia could not be met and this year alone more than 49,200 Aussies will sleep rough on the streets,” says Sam. “They’re quite staggering figures, but there are also some encouraging statistics from this initiative, such as 87% better health, 84% improved comfort and 80% sleep better.”

“It’s really important to me that my role has purpose. Everyone deserves to have a safe space as a minimum and this small token may provide this for some of those who don’t have any shelter or a permanent place to call home.”

Posted in Balmain Office, Community on 30th June, 2022