Step up to help Perth homeless stay well : Socks in the City

Wayne Smith, of City Toyota, podiatrist Aloysius Ong and James Corby, of Oracle Digital Marketing, help promote Socks in the City for Homeless Healthcare. Picture: Andrew Ritchie                                                                                                                d444118
Wayne Smith, of City Toyota, podiatrist Aloysius Ong and James Corby, of Oracle Digital Marketing, help promote Socks in the City for Homeless Healthcare. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d444118

AFTER meeting a couple who lived in a tent under a bridge, Linda French says she became passionate about helping the homeless.

The East Perth resident said she raised the issue at the Heirisson Rotary Club 18 months ago and was helping co-ordinate Socks in the City, an initiative to collect 5000 pairs a year for Homeless Healthcare.

Dr Andrew Davies founded Homeless Healthcare in 2008 to treat patients with limited or no access to healthcare services.

“Every dollar Homeless Healthcare spends, saves the health system $9,” Ms French said.

Socks in the City has raised almost $1500. “People don’t want to go out and buy socks but this way they can just click on a link and donate by buying two pairs for $5,” she said.

Homeless Healthcare senior podiatrist Aloysius Ong said the socks were the first step to recovery.

“Linda dropped off socks over the winter period and they went out to guys who needed them to keep their feet warm and then they come in with less trouble, so I have less work to do,” he said.

City Toyota principal dealer and Heirisson Rotarian Wayne Smith said without new socks, Homeless Healthcare doctors and nurses had to put old socks back on their patients’ feet once they had treated them.

“All that’s doing is harbouring the trench foot or tinea,” Mr Smith said.

“I suppose with City Toyota I was looking to find a vehicle where we could be the good corporate citizen and give back and I found with Rotary that I could personally be involved and see where the money went.”

Mr Smith said Oracle Digital managing director James Corby donated the company’s time and resources to create the Socks in the City website.

To donate, visit http://www.socksinthecity.com.au