Sox n Jox Appeal: donations needed to help Perth’s needy in Homelessness Week


Allan Barry knows how easy it is to end up living on the street.
Allan Barry knows how easy it is to end up living on the street.

PERTH residents are being urged to donate new pairs of ‘Sox n Jox’ to help Perth’s needy as part of Homelessness Week, which runs from August 1-7.

Community Newspaper Group is joining forces with radio station 6PR to get behind the Sox n Jox Appeal, which urges people to donate new socks and underwear for men, women and children of all sizes, to Community Newspaper offices throughout Perth. (see below for a full list of locations).

The appeal is launched at the same time as a yet-to-be-released documentary, No Fixed Address, chronicles the journey of former homeless man Allan Barry.

The film, by Curtin University student Susie Blatchford, showed how easy it was to find yourself on the street after a run of bad luck.

“I’ve been homeless for about four and a half years,” Mr Barry said in the film.

“I had a heart operation and I’d just started a new job.

“And when they found out I had to have three months off after the operation I got fired.

“And once you lose your job and you can’t pay for rent, so that’s how I became homeless.”

Mr Barry has since found himself a home to share, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

“Everything has fallen into place and it’s wonderful,” he said.

“That goes to show that just by a little bit of kindness what you give out you get twice back in return.

“After years of sadness I think God turned around and said the next 50 years is going to be wonderful.”

But not everyone is so fortunate, and as winter bites people are being urged to donate new socks and underwear at the following Community News offices during office hours:

Perth: 34 Stirling Street

Joondalup: 16 Clarke Crescent

Midland: 12 Old Great Northern Highway

Osborne Park: 169 Main Street

Myaree: 60 McCoy Street

Mandurah: Unit 2, 96 Pinjarra Road

Rockingham: Unit 4, 1 Commodore Drive

Donations can also be made at 6PR headquarters:

East Perth: Level 1/169 Hay Street

Homelessness Week is held annually to raise awareness of the problem and is coordinated by Shelter WA.

The official launch will be at the Art Gallery of WA theatre on Monday August 1.

On Thursday August 4 a policy bebate will see State politicians outline what policies their respective parties will implement to alleviate homelessness.

An industry breakfast on Friday August 5 will look at economic opportunities associated with solving homelessness, featuring an address from WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin.

The closing event, Sunday Sizzle at Russell Square, will feature free food and music for the whole community.