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University of Sydney helps care for Sydney's homeless


7 November 2013

Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney is calling for volunteers to help assemble much-needed care packs for Sydney's homeless.

On 2 December 2013, Sydney Nursing School staff, alumni and friends, along with Matthew Talbot Hostel, will pack kits to help make a difference in the lives of Sydney's homeless.

Professor Jill White, Dean of Sydney Nursing School, said that each year nearly 30,000 people seek the assistance of homeless shelters around Sydney, which offer those in need a place to sleep, shower, eat a meal and receive health care.

"We're calling for volunteers to lend a hand to help care for Sydney's homeless," she said.

"We're aiming to pack more than 5000 kits that will be distributed through Sydney's homeless shelters. The care packs contain essential items for ongoing health, hygiene and comfort once they leave the shelter including soap, shampoo and toothpaste.

"The kit-packing session will be a great opportunity for everyone to come together and help make a difference in their community," she said.

Hosted by Sydney Nursing School, the event will feature guest speakers University of Sydney Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson AM and St Vincent de Paul Society executive officer Matthew Cleary.

Event details:

What: Assembling care packs for Sydney's homeless
Date: Monday 2 December 2013
Time: 9.30am-1pm
Location: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Register your participation at http://sydney.edu.au/nursing/about_us/alumni/carepacks-2013.php

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