Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Reaches for $100,000 Target

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

City Reaches for $100,000 Target

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Byline: Rachael Murray

TOOWOOMBA Basement Soup Kitchen co-ordinator Nat Spary is blown away by Toowoomba's generosity.

Individuals and businesses are digging deep to help save the soup kitchen through the Homeless for a Week campaign, which will see Mr Spary and Rosies - Friends on the Street branch co-ordinator Jon Martlew live on the streets next week to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

The virtual thermometer on the fundraiser's website has been climbing daily since the campaign went public, and at last count had reached $13,000 within a week.

Businesses have made substantial donations to the cause including $4000 from Orica, $2000 from the Armstrong Auto Group and $2500 from Power Tynan.

"We've been just amazed by how people have been giving," Mr Spary said.

"You turn up to work and there are envelopes with cheques and it's really exciting to open them all.

"Orica approached me and asked how much it would cost to run the basement for a month. …

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