Anglicare WA makes the winter chill 'contagious' via Wunderman Thompson Perth

24 June 2021

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The campaign was created with support from Soundbyte and Alucinor.

9000 Western Australians experiencing homelessness are about to face cold winter nights.

To call for donations to the 2021 Winter Appeal, Anglicare WA has released a chilling video with renowned actor Liam Graham, best known for his starring roles in Greenfield and The Heights, experiencing mild hypothermia after spending one hour in a commercial freezer.

The campaign uses the premise of ‘temperature contagion’ – a scientific phenomenon where people unknowingly cool their own body temperature by up to one-degree when seeing or hearing someone who is suffering from the cold.

"We believe that this mimicry of people's bodily response helps us understand how they are feeling," neuroscientist Neil Harrison says

"Mimicking another person is believed to help us create an internal model of their physiological state, which we can use to better understand their motivations."

The campaign, created by Wunderman Thompson, along with a collective of local industry professionals, sees Liam Graham’s body temperature drop to just 33.7 degrees before recording the spots.

“Much like yawning, feeling the cold is actually contagious. So, when Mum or Dad would say 'put a jumper on, you're making me cold’ – they weren't joking. Trust me!” Graham says.

Anglicare WA CEO Mark Glasson says: “We’re so pleased to partner with Wunderman Thompson and some great local talent for this year’s Anglicare WA Winter Appeal. Their brilliant creatives have developed a cutting-edge campaign designed to engage the audience and prompt an empathetic response towards those experiencing homelessness.

“Anglicare WA walks alongside people in their time of need. Currently, our state is in the grip of a housing crisis never seen before, with at least 9,000 people experiencing homelessness.”

Wunderman Thompson’s Anais Randall, Matt Wilson, and Luke Williams, who headed up the campaign, added: “We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this happen. It’s been a labour of love over many months, and it wouldn’t have been possible without some great people pulling together for an important cause. We really encourage everyone who can spare a few dollars to donate to Anglicare WA’s Winter Appeal by texting ‘WARMTH’ to 0400 662 662.”

The campaign was created with support from Soundbyte and Alucinor.


Wunderman Thompson Perth

Senior Creative: Luke Williams
Associate Creative Director: Matt Wilson
Creative Director: Joe Hawkins
National Chief Creative Officer: João Braga
Engagement Manager: Anais Randall
Integrated Producer: Danny Coleman
Chief Partnerships Officer: Melanie Wiese
Managing Director: Gavin Bain

Anglicare WA

Chief Executive Officer: Mark Glasson
Director Philanthropy and Enterprise: Tori Anderson
Media and Marketing Manager: Emma-Jane Morcombe
Philanthropy Manager: Bec Stott
Marketing Lead: Polly Polanksi
Marketing Events Manager: Bronte Rosher


Production: Shane Piggott

Soundbyte Studio

Sound Designer: Brad Habib
Sound Assistant: Colin Graham
Sound Recordist: Joanne Marie Carwardine

Medic: Deanne Coxall
IGA: Greg Brindall

Talent: Liam Graham

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