The Guardian Pharmacy group donated more than 40,000 knitted garments to the St Vincent de Paul Society for this year’s winter, supporting tens of thousands of people who faced hardship during the colder months.
The garments, which included beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves, were donated by members of the group’s Guardian Angel Knitting Program and delivered to Vinnies shops across the country by transport companies Kings, Victoria Freight Specialists and Followmont Transport at no cost.
“The Guardian Angels Knitting Program is now in its 19th year, and the compassion of our Guardian Angels and the wider community never ceases to amaze us,” said Merchandising and Marketing General Manager Sarah Pizzey, of Guardian parent company Sigma Healthcare.
“For these knitters and transport companies to help those less fortunate and not expect anything in return is one of the kindest gestures anyone can make.
“On behalf of the company, we thank you for all the support you’ve given to us and the St Vincent de Paul Society – it truly has made a difference to the lives of people in need.”
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria CEO Sue Cattermole said: “We’re extremely grateful for clothing donations by the Guardian Angel community.”
The project ran from July 17 to August 31, with Guardian Pharmacies in each state and territory participating.
For more information on Guardian Pharmacy or the Guardian Angel Knitting program, please visit: www.guardianpharmacies.com.au/guardian-angel.