Beanie and Blanket Appeal
Together, keeping our community warm
Each winter, The Surf Club Mooloolaba helps to provide relief to those where shelter and items to keep warm is not always readily available.
On any given night in Queensland, up to 20,000 people – children, mums, dads, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, are without a home. Some sleep rough, rugged up in alleyways or in shop doorways, others stay in crises accommodation, while still more seek shelter with friends and family.
For the past two years we have asked members of the community to help fill our 1923 replica Club House which is located just past reception, with beanies, blanket, sleeping bags, gloves, scarves, jackets, and any items which keep us all warm.
“This year we were once again overwhelmed by the generosity of members within our community. It was great to see everyone come together to help those people less fortunate, especially at a time of the year where the cold can dampen spirits”, said Bryan Jones, General Manager of The Surf Club Mooloolaba.
The Appeal usually kicks off in June and runs until early July, with collected items distributed to local community organisations who assist those in our community in need each day.
In 2018, all donated items went to the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre, who provide an open house emergency relief program, which at time can assist more than 25 individual/families each week, with food and items to keep warm and dry.
The items collected this year (2019) were donated to The Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre (MNC). The MNC is a community organisation where services are provided to connect people with their community in a friendly, accessible and respectful environment. MNC is a link between individual needs, and community resources within the Sunshine Coast Region.
The Surf Club Mooloolaba extends an enormous thank you to all those who support this Appeal. It is this great community spirit which continues to help make a difference each Winter.