Pollies, please pack an extra coat for Canberra to help the homeless

Nationals Senator for Tasmania and Enormity Inc. founder Steve Martin has called on fellow politicians heading to Canberra for the next sittings of Parliament to pack an extra coat to donate to the charity as it closes in on the milestone of 100,000 donations.

In donating, they will join the likes of former PMs John Howard and Julia Gillard, super model Elle McPherson, pop group Killing Heidi, and AFL great Kevin Sheedy whom have generously given to Enormity’s Coat Day Appeal since its inception in 1998. Senator Martin said Enormity Inc. requires 170 more coats to reach the 100,000 mark for donations.

The initial 100,000 goal was set in 1998, as that was the number of homeless people in Australia at that time.

“A heartfelt and apolitical call is being put out to my political colleagues to donate a coat to the homeless so that Enormity Inc. can reach its 100,000 goal in style during the next sitting weeks of the Senate and House of Representatives,” said Senator Martin as Homelessness Week is marked on August 6-12.

“Politicians can show their caring side by leaving coats at my office located at Suite S1-22 at Parliament House during the first sitting week (August 13-17) so that Enormity Inc. can reach the 100K mark and we can all give heart to the homeless that there are plenty of Australians whom care about their plight.

“Homelessness continues to be an increasing problem in Australia and the work of Enormity Inc. along with similar community minded groups is needed more than ever.”

Senator Martin said Enormity Inc., which was established along with a group of teenagers in 1996 in the hope of further projecting young people's voices to the communities on North West Coast of Tasmania, started National Coat Day to give a warm piece of clothing to help keep the homeless warmer in winter.

“From humble beginnings but with high hopes, Enormity Inc. has strived to reach its ambitious goal of 100,000 coats for the homeless with respect and integrity, and that is why I am urging all politicians – no matter their political colours – to show their generosity and donate a coat to their fellow Australians,” he said.

For more information, visit www.stevemartin.com.au/enormity/