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Two Mums Spare 10

HerCanberra Team

What can $10 get you these days?

Two large lattes on Lonsdale Street? A fancy sandwich? Half a cocktail at a swanky bar? Four hours of parking in NewActon?

Two Belconnen mothers have launched a crowd funding campaign, ‘Spare10!‘, to help Canberra’s homeless find warmth by encouraging Canberrans to donate the cost of two coffees.

“We’re asking people to spare $10. That’s it.” explain campaign founders Soudalay Thammavongsa and Emma Madsen. “$10 donations towards purchasing winter essentials in bulk for those that need it most in our freezing Canberra cold.”  

For those who don’t participate in fundraising efforts such as the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, the Vinnies Community Sleep Out or the various winter door knock appeals this is a great way to show tangible support for Canberra’s homeless population – many of whom are women and children escaping domestic violence.

Since launching earlier this month on Tuesday 9 May, ‘Spare10!‘ has raised over $1700 to purchase winter essentials such as socks, gloves, beanies and scarves. 

“We’ve done our research and these are the items the homeless are asking for right now,” say Soudalay and Emma. 

“Donations can be made till the end of this month. We’re then handing these items out at the Vinnies night patrol vans at various locations across Canberra.”

“We’re overwhelmed with the support we’ve received in the campaign’s first days. Since we’ve exceeded our original target of $1000, we can now look into purchasing sleeping bags! Every spare $10 counts and will go directly towards purchasing as many items as possible.” 

Donations can be made at: www.gofundme.com/spare10 


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