BY EMILY WILLIAMS
Many of us take basic hygiene for granted. Belmont Lions Clubs have launched a new initiative to help those who aren’t so privileged.
The Club have recently launched a mobile laundry and shower facility based at Gateway Church in Pelican, available to anyone who needs it.
The service is funded by Belmont Lions Club who raised the money through BBQs and other fundraising campaigns.
In addition to free laundry and shower facilities, volunteers at the Church often provide visitors with food bundles and fresh veggies.
“Our mission of curing hunger and proving warmth, shelter and food all comes together with this project,” said longtime member of the Club, Deidre Schaefer.
The van hopes to bridge the social divide by improving access to basic hygiene for those experiencing homelessness.
Currently, it is estimated that there are over 800 people experiencing homelessness in the Newcastle area.
The Club were also able to purchase a generator using a grant awarded by the NSW government, meaning that the van can operate as a mobile service across the country.
“Anyone in need can call us and we are there” said Schaefer.
To learn more about the project, click HERE.