Swags for the Homeless
Backpack Bed for Homeless (formerly known as Swags for Homeless) is a nationally accredited charity in Australia and is winner of 2011 Australian Human Rights award for best Community Organisation; Australia’s highest honour. Founder Tony Clark and his wife Lisa designed the live saving Backpack Bed to give dignity to homeless turned away from shelter.
It is no mean feat, governments around the world have yet to figure out how to give dignity and protect the human rights of people sleeping on the street. Yet, the internationally acclaimed Backpack Bed has been proven – with the support of over 400 homeless authorities and thousands of homeless people – to improve the health, dignity and comfort of those sleeping on our streets, under bridges and throughout our cities.
The Backpack Bed has been awarded seven product design awards including the World’s largest and most prestigious product design award; the German 2011 Red Dot “Best of the Best”, chosen from 4433 products originating from 60 countries.
Redkite’s main focus has been providing essential support to children and young people with cancer, and their families for over 30 years. They are a support network there throughout the whole cancer journey, from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment finishes.
Redkite receives no government funding, relying entirely on the generosity of the community to create and distribute diagnosis support packs, provide financial assistance, information, counselling and group support. They are also there to provide support for keeping education and career goals on track, in hospital through social workers and music therapists, as well as being there in times of grief and loss.
Redkite knows, like so many of us with firsthand experience do, that the more people you have on your side, the better. You may already have a fantastic collection of friends, family, neighbours or colleagues who will support you.