Dan Murphy’s stores across the country are raising funds to help the increasing number of Australians facing homelessness, via not-for-profit donation platform GIVIT.
The three-month-long appeal started in June and will continue until the end of August, with stores ramping up the efforts this Saturday 6th of August. Customers can expect activities like sausage sizzles, product sampling and bake sales to encourage donations. Dan Murphy’s has already donated $100,000 to kick-start the fundraising.
“The past couple of years have seen unprecedented levels of hardship across Australia as a result of compounding disasters including the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and the rising cost of living,” GIVIT CEO Sarah Tennant said
“There are requests for almost 30,000 essential items for people experiencing homelessness across Australia currently on the GIVIT platform. This includes people who are still displaced due to floods, escaping family and domestic violence or suffering from financial hardship,” she added.
The NSW South Coast is one of many Australian communities that has seen homelessness increase in the last few years.
“Our communities have been hit by one disaster after the other; first we had bushfires, Covid and then flooding. Cost of rent has gone up while housing availability has diminished, so now we have locals forced to live in campgrounds in the middle of this cold and rainy winter,” Dan Murphy’s Batemans Bay Store Manager Kaz Henry said.
To encourage customers to donate, Dan Murphy’s Batemans Bay will hold a sausage sizzle on Saturday 6th August.
There will also be a coffee and ice cream van, and local suppliers including Tumut Brewing, Borrowed Cuttings from the Cowra wine region and North of Eden Gin will be doing product tastings. Batemans Bay Mayor Mathew Hatcher will also be at the store to show his support.
“Customers can look forward to a great day at Dan Murphy’s this Saturday, but more importantly, they can support a much-needed cause,” Ms Henry added.
Customers can choose to participate by rounding up their purchases or making a coin donation.
“The activities in stores this Saturday are an initiative by our stores to celebrate our partnership with GIVIT and to connect our teams and customers with local communities that need support,” Dan Murphy’s Managing Director Alex Freudmann said.
“Our ambition is to leave a positive imprint on the communities we serve, and we love that through our partnership with GIVIT, we can support the communities that need it the most that we are part of,” he added.
100% of publicly donated money received by GIVIT is used to purchase essential items. Go to GIVIT.org.au and search by cause to find out exactly what’s needed.
Dan Murphy’s has since September 2021 raised more than $700,000 to GIVIT to help Australians in need, including those impacted by the floods earlier this year.
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