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St Ives helps the homeless in Kalgoorlie - Kalgoorlie Miner

Friday, 15 June 2018

A generous donation from workers at Gold Fields’ St Ives minesite in Kambalda will help homeless people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder stave off the cold during the harsh Goldfields winter.

Organised by the gold mine’s maintenance administrator Marg Densley, what started as a simple charity drive to collect blankets and distribute charity tins around the operations has generated enough money to purchase 36 swags for the Salvation Army.

“I’m pretty rapt,” she said.

“I was hoping to get six swags but to get 36, I’m very happy.” Salvation Army Kalgoorlie-Boulder regional officer Lieutenant Gavin Jones said it provided the charity with enough stock to make it through the winter months.

“It’ll go a long way towards getting us through winter,” he said.

“At the moment we’re giving away eight blankets (a week), we can do more but that’s what we’ve sort of allotted for ourselves at the moment.

“We’ll be able to give away three (swags) a week quite easily, we could give away more if the need arises but we’re going to apportion it out so it makes it all the way through the winter months.”

All up, $3716 was raised, helped along by machinery supplier Komatsu, which raffled off six model machines worth more than $2000 to aid the cause.

Komatsu’s Greg Richards said Marg’s passion and the quality of the cause helped him convince Komatsu to get involved.

“It was really good to be a part of it,” he said.

Lt Jones said the Salvation Army saw a number of “hidden homeless” in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and had as many as 90 people stepping through its doors every day.

“When Marg first rang me, I was over the moon that a corporation like this is willing to step up,” he said.

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