Illawarra Hawks volunteer at IRT Gunyah working bee

18 September 2018
Hawks volunteer at IRT Gunyah working bee

On Tuesday 18 September, the Illawarra Hawks will be lending a helping hand to maintain the homes and gardens of Age Matters’s successful social housing initiative, Gunyah.

Hawks players Marshall Nelson, Angus Glover, Daniel Grida and Emmett Naar will be volunteering their time painting, gardening, cleaning and doing general maintenance to ensure the Gunyah residents feel not only safe but proud of their homes.

“Gunyah is one of many subsidised housing options Age Matters provides to help homeless seniors get back into stable accommodation, often after many years of sleeping rough,” said Toby Dawson Age Matters Manager.

“Last year we supported 90 clients over the age of 50 who were either homeless or at risk of homelessness to find appropriate housing through the Assistance with Care & Housing (ACH) Program.

“We receive funding support from the Australian Government through its Assistance with Care and Housing (ACH) Program and our ACHA Coordinator, Gail Puckeridge, matches individuals with the right housing, in the right community, for the right price.”

Mr Dawson said he was grateful to the Hawks for their assistance with the work of Age Matters.

“The fact the Illawarra Hawks have chosen Age Matters as a recipient of their voluntary services this year is a compliment to both the Foundation and the Gunyah residents,” he said.

Mat Campbell, Hawks General Manager said one of the club’s priorities is to engage with the Illawarra community on all levels.

“We receive hundreds of requests for donations and assistance from many local charities and organisations each season and the players are committed to volunteering their time,” he said.

“Lending a helping hand to residents living at Gunyah is a grassroots way for the team to make a difference to the lives of some of the locals.”