Wrapping Macarthur Youth in love this winter with the 2023 Winter Appeal

Posted at 30 May 2023


Temperatures are dropping in Macarthur, and none are feeling it more than the hundreds of couch surfing youths at risk of becoming homeless or who already are, as we head into the coldest months of the year.


The 2023 Winter Appeal, an initiative between Wests Group Macarthur and Big Yellow Umbrella, (BYU) hopes to collect essential youth oriented winter donations and deliver them directly to those that most need them.


The campaign has been designed to support the Macarthur Homelessness Steering Committee, the representative body of a network of organisations in the region providing support, counselling, food, clothing, and accommodation for the most vulnerable.


Winter Appeal Donations

Wests and BYU are actively seeking donations of NEW or handmade items (only) including:

  • Blanket hoodies
  • Sleeping bags
  • Socks
  • Beanies
  • Toiletries


Donations can be delivered to a nominated collection point including Wests League Club Leumeah and Big Yellow Umbrella head office in Narellan before Friday 30th June.


Kim Landouw from Big Yellow Umbrella shares, “Macarthur youths represent a significant cohort of locals at risk of homelessness, with many couch surfing to make it through the colder months”.


On assisting with the Winter Appeal, Wests Group Chairman Alan Buxton comments, “The focused intent of this year’s youth themed Winter Appeal with Wests, Big Yellow Umbrella and the Macarthur Homelessness Steering Committee, shines a light on supporting the growing number of hidden, younger homeless people in Macarthur.  The Appeal is a practical way of offering support, with Wests Leagues Club acting as a drop off point for donations. We are pleased to be able to play a small role in helping young people feel warm, safe, and supported this winter”.


Wests Group believes in empowering the Macarthur community with social support, education, and donations through the adoption of tailored strategies to ensure the needs of individuals, families and groups are met.


For more information on our community support endeavours please visit



Tracey Yuen

Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator

P (02) 4628 4188 | D (02) 4634 5633| E

Address of donation point: 10 Old Leumeah Road, Leumeah


Big Yellow Umbrella 

P (02) 4647 1283 E manager@yellowumbrella

Address of Donation Point: 16 – 24 Queen St Narellan, New South Wales 2567