Extending a Helping Hand to Homeless

Reg Lambert.
Reg Lambert.

REG Lambert is a night walker.

For the past 20 years, on and off, he has walked the streets of Mandurah to help the homeless.

“We hand out blankets, coffee, essentials and hygiene items,” he said.

“The homeless situation is getting worse.

“There was a little nine-year-old girl out at 2.30am, through to a 78-year-old man who was homeless.

“There has been an ex-miner living in a car with his wife and children.”

Mr Lambert said many people were homeless because they could not afford rent.

“Police and rangers move them on from public areas,” he said.

“Often they move into vacant houses and can get into trouble with the law for trespassing.”

Mr Lambert said many people who slept rough suffered from depression.

Mr Lambert usually goes out at midnight on Fridays and another night walker goes out on Wednesdays.

“We go out in twos,” he said.

A community meeting will be held at Waratah Church Hall in Falcon on January 31 at 2pm to develop an action group to make a difference. Call 9582 9552 for more details.