Help donate ‘dignity items’

NORTHERN communities are being encouraged to donate to an initiative aiming to provide homeless men and boys with ‘dignity items’.

The Northern Men’s Wellbeing Network’s ‘Socks, Jocks and More’ project, which is being launched today in conjunction with International Men’s Health Week, is about providing men and boys with the access to basic items, like clean socks, jocks and toiletries.

Member for Light, and Northern Men’s Wellbeing Network member, Tony Piccolo devised the initiative and said he is pleased to see the project launching, as personal hygiene is critical for the “dignity” of all men, including those who are homeless.

“This campaign seeks to highlight that there are many men (and young men) doing it tough, and are homeless for a whole range of reasons,” he said.

“Homelessness is both a function of health, and influences health.

“We are seeking to provide some practical assistance to people doing it hard, irrespective of their gender.”

Mr Piccolo said the launch during International Men’s Health Week is perfect, as it starts the conversation for men about any health issues, and further encourages good health.

Playford Uniting Church is hosting the launch today, with reverend Peter Riggs expecting the project to make a big difference in the local community.

“So often we think change in society starts with a big action, but I think whilst that is a part of the change process, some of these more basic things that we take for advantage really enable us to begin our day with a level of possibility,” he said.

“This is where we can start to see change.”

The free launch starts at 2pm today and will include a talk by University of Adelaide head of medicine, and Freemason’s Centre for Men’s Health director, Gary Wittert.

To get involved in the initiative, donate new items, which are still in their packaging, to the Light Electorate office, 148 Murray Street, Gawler, or UCare Gawler, 10 Tod Street.

For more information, contact Tony Piccolo (8522 2878).

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Growing up in Roseworthy and attending Kapunda High School, Laura joins The Bunyip in June, 2016 whilst completing the final year of a double degree in Journalism and International Relations at University of SA. This is Laura's first role as a Journalist following a stint at Gawler Council in the Communications Department. She will cover the news in the Playford and Mallala council regions. Outside of work, Laura enjoys anything health and well-being related, and can be regularly seen shopping for fresh, healthy produce at local markets.

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