• Councillor Laurie Koranski (left) with Defenders for Hope director Tomeeka Smith, at the charity’s new laundry service.
Council, Division 4April 17, 2023 / 2 minute read

No cost for clean clothes and hope

A free Logan Village laundry service is proving a price can’t be put on dignity.

Local charity Defenders for Hope – which supports those facing homelessness or escaping domestic violence – has installed a new washing machine and a dryer at its outlet in Industrial Ave at Logan Village.

The machines were purchased thanks to a Community Response Grant from Logan City Council.

Councillor Laurie Koranski says Council is proud to support what is a simple initiative but a huge help to those in need.

‘We often take things like clean clothes for granted, but it is essential needs like this that can fall by the wayside for those in  emergency situations,’ Cr Koranski says.

‘It is fantastic to see this simple but important new service helping to change the lives of local people.’

The machines are also used to wash donated clothes, which has helped reduce waste.

Charity director Tomeeka Smith says volunteers were previously spending hundreds of dollars at laundromats.

‘The volunteers love it, our customers love it… (because) it is providing them with a normal part of their day where they are not having to worry about their clothing,’ she says.

Tomeeka says the savings are being put towards the cost of food and other goods for those in need.

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