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REIWA Sleeping Bag Appeal

Media Release


Local Real Estate Agents provide warmth for the homeless


Through the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia’s Community REInvest Program, local property agents will join forces in June and July to collect warm sleeping bags and blankets for The Salvation Army, and ultimately, those in need.

The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia’s Community REInvest Program is a philanthropic initiative designed to help agents and property managers support The Salvation Army with both financial and material aid in Western Australia.

The Salvation Army’s latest Economic and Social Impact Survey* has revealed staggering results on how people are entrenched in poverty across Australia, and suffer more than ever in the winter months. Key statistics to come out of the 2015 nationwide survey are:

  • 57% have gone without meals
  • 13% of respondents had no stable accommodation
  • 67% of respondents experienced extreme housing stress, paying more than 50% of their income for accommodation
  • 75% of respondents indicated they had cut down on basic necessities


Warren Palmer, Public Relations Secretary at The Salvation Army said that the collection was a valued initiative that supports the work of The Salvation Army “The latest survey gives us a brief snapshot of the harsh realities many Western Australians are facing every day. We are seeing more and more families struggling, and the sleeping bag appeal is a great tangible way to provide support for those in need”
he said.

Real Estate Institute of Western Australia President and Chair of The Salvation Army’s Advisory Board David Airey said that all members were involved in community groups one way or another and that the work of The Salvation Army was widely respected.

“Our members see the Community REInvest Program as a way of giving back to the community through a profession that is very closely involved in people’s lives and personal situations,” he said.   

Local real estate agencies participating in the collection in their local communities are:

David Airey

Airey Real Estate


0418 906 002

Peter Lawrance

Avanti Residential


0418 923 424

Alan Bourke



0419 474 240

Hayden Groves

Dethridgegroves Real Estate


0411 615 582

Rob Druitt

First National Real Estate Druitt & Shead


0417 922 194

Graham Joyce

Joyce Property Investments

West Perth

0418 923 053

George Turvey

Michael Johnson & Company


0414 918 435

Wayne Howes

Michael Johnson & Company


0412 777 040

Damian Collins

Momentum Wealth Property

East Perth

0412 876 851

Brendan Leahy

Naked Real Estate


0439 998 867

Sarah Kinsey

Ray White Uxcel


0427 660 075

Julie Fairclough

Realmark Dunsborough


0407 174 258

Jarrad O'Rourke

O'Rourke Realty Investments


0418 921 527

Krys Tully

Tully Real Estate


0418 915 566


The appeal will conclude by Monday 6th July.

For more information please go to: www.reiwa.com.au


Media enquiries to:
Warren Palmer
Public Relations Secretary, The Salvation Army
Phone: 0417 909 964

Notes to Editor:

*The Salvation Army Australia, May 2015. The annual Economic and Social Impact Survey (ESIS). A nationwide survey of around 2,500 Salvation Army welfare clients May 2014.