Local police are marking Homelessness Week next week by collecting boots and shoes for those who don’t have a home to go to.
The initiative starts from next Monday and will be held throughout the rest of August, and police officers will be giving up their own second-hand boots for the cause.
Finley Police Station is one of the collection points for the Homelessness Australia and Mission Australia campaign.
Local Area Command Inspector Paul Huggett says the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face.
‘‘As part of the police charity drive, officers from Deniliquin Local Area Command are donating their second-hand police boots, which will be collected by Mission Australia and distributed to those in need.
‘‘We are also challenging community members to also drop off their second-hand boots or shoes — which must be in wearable order — at the Finley, Deniliquin, Moama, Hay or Balranald Police Stations.
‘‘Starting Monday, August 7, each police station listed will have a wheelie bin available for members of the public to deposit their boots for collection until the end of August by Mission Australia.
‘‘The New South Wales Police Force ran the boot drive in 2016 and had a fantastic response. It’s hoped the same response will be given to this year’s homelessness campaign which focuses on the theme of ‘Action and Innovation’.’’