From Fusion Canberra
Homelessness is a complex and little understood issue. Did you know that 94% of those who are homeless aren’t living on the streets? While it is good to know that these 94% aren’t on the streets, it means that the issue remains very much hidden.
Sleep in Your Car is all about shining a light on the issue of hidden youth homelessness. So where are these people living? They are in cars, caravans, accommodation services, friends couches, overcrowded dwellings and spare rooms.
Often people are homeless through no fault of their own… domestic violence, financial hardship, mental health conditions and many more reasons. We also know that if you are homeless during adolescence you are much more likely to be homeless later in life.
This is also why Fusion Australia are holding the event during national Homelessness Prevention Week 3-9th August (www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au) to work alongside other great organisations and events working to ‘step up to end homelessness’.
What can you do to help?
Funds raised will go to UnitingCare’s Doorways for Youth services which support people aged 12-24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
From NSW.ACT Synod Newsletter – view here
Andrew’s fundraising page.
Our very own General Secretary Rev. Dr Andrew Williams – fitness fanatic and enthusiastic fundraiser – is at it again. Pedalling for a great cause. In light of his success in doubling his $2000 fundraising goal with the help and generosity of many of you last year, he is aiming to cycle another 500 km in May for the UnitingCare NSW 2015 MOVEability Challenge.
Andrew is reaching for the sky this year with a fundraising goal of $5000, so any amount you can give that will help him on his way is much appreciated. The payment process is easy and secure.
Zoe Marshall at Kippax UC
The one ‘lost’ on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam
Zoe returned to Canberra in early April to visit her family. And, she has since returned to her ‘family’ in Vanuatu in late-April to assist with the rebuilding of that country after TC Pam, and to continue with teaching young children in their village school.
She spoke at Kippax Uniting Church on 12 April 2015.
Support UnitingWorld’s TC Pam appeal.
From Frontier Services newsletter 29 August 2014: “Every day, in the most remote corners of our country, Frontier Services’ experienced Patrol Ministers are on the lookout for signs of depression in the people they visit. In the bush, self-diagnosis is rare – especially among men. A simple visit from a Frontier Services Patrol Minister can make all the difference. Seeing a friendly face pull into the station; having someone that you can trust to share a burden with – a caring, non-judgemental and independent voice – you cannot put a price on these things.
“In many cases a round trip to visit two or three families involves a journey of over 1,000k, costing more than $300 in fuel….”
BIG Outback Barbeque
Yarralumla Uniting Church is holding a BIG Outback Barbeque on Sunday 28 September , starting at 11.30 for 12 noon. They are asking $5.00 donation in aid of Frontier Services. Come and join in this celebration . Everybody is welcome. RSVP to Norma on 62474470 or Jean on 62813396.
To find out more about holding an outback barbeque or how you can help, click here.
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St James Uniting Church in Curtin saw a need to establish a Social Justice and Inclusiveness Group about four years ago because a growing awareness within the congregation of the importance of social justice in the life of the Church was not being matched by our actions. Our main activity of the past three years has been to raise funds for overseas development projects.
In 2013 the group decided to support a local cause. It found one in Pegasus ACT. Pegasus (Riding for the Disabled) is a local not-for-profit organisation which provides equestrian activities for people, especially children, with a disability. It was close to folding last year. It has managed to turn things around over the past 12 months but still needs more financial support to secure a longer term future.