Great comfort in time of need
PURPLE Dove is continuing to raise awareness for problems facing Australia, making mats for the homeless.
Purple Dove's Chris and Ian Robins came up with the idea after seeing the number of homeless people on Australian streets during their walk raising money for prostate cancer.
"When we got back we just thought we needed to do more in the way of toiletry packs, bedding and warm clothing,” Mrs Robins said.
The mats are made of plastic bags cut into plarn (plastic yarn) and then knitted or crocheted together.
Mrs Robins and Helen Napper started making the mats at the start of the new year and have so far made three, which are likely to be sent to Toowoomba.
Each mat takes about one month to make.
"The time consuming thing is cutting the plastic up and making the balls (of plarn),” Mrs Napper said.
The mats are 0.8m by 1.8m and provide extra comfort, as well as keeping bedding dry.
"These mats will add a touch of comfort and warmth to those sleeping rough on the Queensland streets,” Mrs Robins said.
"It repels the damp from seeping up from the ground.”
Off-cuts from the bags are used to make pillows, so no plastic is wasted.
Purple Dove members are looking for donations of plastic bags and personal hygiene items to help with their charity efforts.
Bags can be dropped at Modern Country Flowers, High St, and personal hygiene items at Soul Pattinson Chemist, Maryland St.
Purple Dove will also host a fundraising garage sale on Saturday, February 18 from 7am at 19 Church Rd, The Summit.
Mr and Mrs Robins are looking for donations of saleable items, with proceeds donated to prostate and breast cancer research.
Donations can be picked up. Phone 0416 169 032 to arrange.