Lismore Men’s Shed volunteers tackle veteran homelessness by building caravans

When George Sparnon lost everything in a house fire in 2015, it was a war veteran who helped him get back on his feet.

By donating a caravan, the veteran put a roof over his head, and gave him a warm place to sleep at night.

It was an act of kindness the President of the Lismore Men’s Shed, on the north coast of New South Wales, has not forgotten.

And when fellow volunteer Ian Bottrell pitched the idea of refurbishing an old caravan to provide accommodation for homeless veterans — Mr Sparnon was on board immediately.

“I was given a good quality caravan by a Vietnam vet, so as soon as I started hearing about homeless vets, well, I wanted to get in and get something done.”

Mr Sparnon said it had been a six-month labour of love for the volunteers at the Lismore Men’s Shed.

While it is not five-star, he believes the caravan will make a big difference to the lives of homeless veterans in the region, who are often forced to sleep under bridges, or in doorways.

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Source: ABC