The 2020 Candle is named in loving memory of Luke.

Luke was the first of our friends that we saw transition from homelessness into permanent housing, before COTS was even formally established. Even after settling into his place, he would still travel into the city to sell The Big Issue and we were alway so happy to catch up with one another.

Our message, "Homeless not Hopeless," came from Luke. The very first time we met him his cardboard sign read "homeless but hopefull" and we always reminded Luke that his journey was a beautiful one because he never lost hope. Even more than that, Luke shared that hope with everyone he met.

In November of 2017, Luke passed away and has been the guardian angel of our movement ever since.

Luke was a light in our lives and, with hearts full of hope, we trust that this candle will bring that same light, hope and love into your homes and lives.

"I wake up with a smile on my face. I am happy." - Luke.


Crafted in Melbourne with natural soy wax and essential oil extracts, the Luke candle created by Sillage are hand poured into a contemporary travel tin with the COTS logo and Homeless not Hopeless script in mattle black and white decal.

Each candle has a burn time of 30 hours.

    Please read the candle care provided on the bottom of the vessel before lighting.

    By supporting COTS you are supporting Australia's homeless community and our local, home-grown businesses also.