Guardian’s knitting effort keeping homeless warm

Guardian Pharmacy says the first month of its Knitting for Good 2019 campaign has been a success with an immediate and significant rise in the participation and involvement of its member pharmacies.

Now in its 21st year, the campaign calls on “crafty” Australians to put their knitting skills to good use in a bid to provide warm winter wear for 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness*.

“The continuing partnership with Vinnies [St Vincent de Paul Society] has taught us homelessness doesn’t discriminate – it affects people of all ages and background –  so we’re proud to be part of communities who come together and support those who need it most,” Guardian’s General Manager Retail Brian Tomlin said.

He says Guardian Pharmacy places importance on not only understanding that pharmacy owners have unique connections with their local communities, but that they often require support to continue this tangible engagement.

“The Guardian Angels program is a support program that provides pharmacy owners with the tools to implement community-minded corporate, socially responsible initiatives and to engage their communities accordingly,” Mr Tomlin said.

The Guardian Angels knitting program is part of the pharmacy’s wider community-centric support services, including the Guardian Club rewards program, medicine home delivery and in-pharmacy health checks.

*Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

For more information on the Guardian Angels knitting program and how you can get involved, visit


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