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Order of Malta Australia


‘Working Bee’ volunteers assemble 840 hygiene packs for the homeless


This weekend eight volunteers met for a ‘working bee’ in Lane Cove, NSW to assemble hygiene packs for the homeless.

The hygiene packs are provided to rough sleepers by our Community Care Van volunteers. Poor health amongst the homeless is common and much of it is preventable. Providing them with a simple hygiene pack containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap can have not only a big impact their daily lives but longer term physical health.

Oral disease has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and poor diabetes control and the homeless are 12 times more likely than individuals in stable housing to have dental problems. The University of Queensland has highlighted poor dental health as one of the most detrimental aspects of homelessness in Australia.

In just over two hours, the group of volunteers – ranging in age from 5 to 80 – assembled 840 hygiene packs.

Learn more about our volunteering opportunities, including the Community Care Van and Hygiene Packing Working Bees by visiting our Volunteer section.

Our Charitable Works are funded entirely by donations, please consider a tax deductible donation to support our activities to.

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.