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Order of Malta Australia


Warmer nights ahead – article in the Tenterfield Star


Member of the Order Dr Ian Unsworth with Yvonne O’Sullivan from St Vincent de Paul. Picture courtesy of The Tenterfield Star.

FOR the homeless in Tenterfield, winter without warm clothing is often a reality.

With the help of the Order of Malta and Tenterfield St. Vincent de Paul Society, the “Coats for the Homeless” initiative is hoping to help.

Tenterfield member for the Order of Malta Dr Ian Unsworth has brought the program to Tenterfield.

“I’ve supplied the coats to St Vincent de Paul on behalf of the Order,” Dr Unsworth said. “We’re hoping to continue supplying them from now on.”

“If we find someone on a park bench at 11 at night then we will supply one,” Yvonne O’Sullivan, Tenterfield conference president for St Vincent de Paul said.

While at this stage they only have 10, both are hoping to get their hands on more coats.

Another batch will be sent down to Armidale and distributed around surrounding towns.

“In the country towns, we are often inconvenienced – we are seen as a lower priority,” Dr Unsworth said.

“I know the number of homeless in the cities is infinitely higher but country towns have them too.”

Ms O’Sullivan said to have the coats at their disposal now was a terrific step in helping those faced with homelessness.

“We’re excited to be involved, it’s wonderful to have these coats,” she said.

Every year the Order of Malta, the fourth oldest religious order in the Catholic Church, distribute the specially designed coats nationwide. 

Related articles:

Warm Winter Comfort for the Homeless – article in the Armidale Express

Canterbury supports Coats for the Homeless 

Coats for the Homeless – a Nationwide project

Article on Coats for the Homeless in the Daily Liberal

Coats for the Homeless in the TVSN Charity of Choice Partner for July

Project update – Coats for the homeless distribution network

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.