Winners help homeless

Giving back: Suzie Beckinsale and her sons Jim, Nate and Doug donated 10 sleeping bags to Campbelltown's The Drum Youth Resource Centre. Staff Brooke Morley, Lyndal Kircher, Jess Turner and Donna Spears said the donation would keep homeless people warm. Picture: Jonathan Ng
Giving back: Suzie Beckinsale and her sons Jim, Nate and Doug donated 10 sleeping bags to Campbelltown's The Drum Youth Resource Centre. Staff Brooke Morley, Lyndal Kircher, Jess Turner and Donna Spears said the donation would keep homeless people warm. Picture: Jonathan Ng

ELDERSLIE residents Suzie and Owen Beckinsale are believers in spreading good luck around. So when they won a $1000 shopping spree, they spent half the money on the homeless.

Ms Beckinsale, who teaches at Broughton Anglican College, Menangle, entered a competition through health fund HCF and won a $1000 shopping spree, and other prizes.

"We felt really blessed so we wanted to pay it forward," Ms Beckinsale said.

So they negotiated a special deal with Kathmandu and spent $500 on 10 sleeping bags, which they donated to The Drum Youth Resource Centre in Campbelltown last week.

The centre provides food, showers and general help to young homeless people.

Team leader Donna Spears said the donation would be a huge help.

"Many people sleep rough in Campbelltown, so to be able to give them a sleeping bag is massive," she said.

Ms Beckinsale said her three children — Doug, 11, Jim, 8, and Nate, 6 — made her think about how difficult it would be to be homeless.

"You can't save the world but if you can do one thing, do it."

To donate non-perishable food, clothes and toiletries to The Drum, call 4629 5110.

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