Bring out your boots for winter appeal

AS the weather grows colder, Tasmanians are being asked to consider those less fortunate in our community who will be doing it tough during the winter months.

In the lead up to Hobart City Mission’s 2016 Winter Appeal, the charity partnered with Les Lees in a campaign that encouraged customers to purchase new boots and to donate their wearable boots to help those in need.

This year’s winter appeal, which launched in May, focuses on battling Tasmanian mums and dads who are doing their best to care for their children but may not be able to afford heating or winter clothing.

Human Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma said all Tasmanians had a moral obligation to assist, whether that be by donating older wearable boots through this initiative or donating clothes or funds to various charities that provide for Tasmanians in need.

“I parted ways with a pair of black steel cap work boots that are still in great shape and will provide relief to a Tasmanian in need,” she said.

“It is also pleasing to note that Les Lees’ proprietor, Edward Harry, has extended the Les Lees campaign to include clothing donations, and to encourage the spirit of giving, has donated close to $40,000 worth of clothing to the appeal.”

Accepting the donation, Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley expressed his thanks to Mr Harry and the team at Les Lees.

“Winter is a really tough time for many people in our community who may struggle even in the milder weather,” he said.

“When the temperature starts to drop, life can become a battle of staying warm versus food on the table.

“We are thankful to Les Lees for [its] support of our winter appeal.

“Having a stock of waterproof, serviceable boots and high-quality brand-new shirts will help support people in a really practical way.”

People who are able to donate are encouraged to do so, either by bringing new or used, but still wearable, clothes and footwear to Hobart City Mission’s office at 50 Barrack Street, Hobart or by making a donation via Hobart City Mission’s website: http://hobartcitymission.org.au/donate-now.

Every item and dollar donated will count towards making life a little better for vulnerable Tasmanians in need.

Caption: Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley, Les Lees proprietor Edward Harry and Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma urge the community to get behind the Hobart City Mission’s Winter Appeal for 2016.

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