CAMPING and outdoor retailer Anaconda has partnered with Australian snow brand XTM Performance for the fifth consecutive Heat the Homeless appeal this winter.
The Heat the Homeless appeal is run across all Anaconda stores across Australia.
The Cambridge Park store will act as the collection and drop off point for pre-loved snow jackets, pants and fleece jumpers, with the donations distributed to the homeless across Tasmania.
“We’re encouraging customers to clean out their wardrobe, see what they have that is surplus to their needs now and bring it in and drop it off to us,” Cambridge Anaconda store manager Nick Hyland said.
“In Tasmania it gets to zero degrees overnight and there is frost, so there a lot of homeless people in Tasmania feeling the cold.
“Donating makes you feel good and you’re looking after Tasmanians.”
Since the appeal’s started in 2016, more than 18,000 snow jackets have been donated to the homeless across Australia.
“There are so many high quality jackets that are purchased for a single ski seasons before being discarded after only a couple of weeks of wear,” XTM Performance founder Pete Forras said.
“Rather than sending these jackets straight to landfill, we saw an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of the thousands of Australians sleeping rough throughout winter and we are so grateful to Anaconda for joining us on our mission to Heat the Homeless.”
Anaconda chief executive officer Chris Lude said they were proud to be helping the homeless.
“As Australia’s leading outdoor retailer, we’re dedicated to helping millions of Aussie adventurers create lasting winner memories every year,”
“For those doing it rough on our streets there is nowhere to escape the harshness of winter and with the current economic climate, this is an incredibly difficult time.”
“We’re proud to continue to support XTM Performance in bringing a little bit of warmth to those that need it most.”
For more information or to donate a pre-loved snow jacket, visit the Anaconda Cambridge store or www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless/
Caption: From left, Anaconda Cambridge team leader Danielle Schramm and store manager Nick Hyland.