HUSH for Homelessness – Friday, 14 May 2010
Who knew giving your friends, family and workmates the silent treatment could help so many people?
Mission Australia’s HUSH for Homelessness has now launched and it is time to join in!
Symbolising the ‘voiceless’ lives that homeless Australians lead, HUSH for Homelessness is Australia’s biggest annual fundraising event to tackle homelessness.
On any given night in Australia, almost 105,000 men, women and children are homeless with a staggering 43% aged under 25 years*.
Mission Australia is asking you to challenge yourself or someone else to experience what it’s like to be voiceless on Friday, 14 May.
It’s easy to get involved. Participants are simply asked to be silent for an hour or more and to seek sponsorship from family, friends and workmates for their efforts.
“This year, we are encouraging you to go online to nominate who you would most like to ‘HUSH’ on Friday 14 May,” says Mission Australia’s WA State Director, Ross Kyrwood.
“Then we’ll be asking people to put their money where their mouth is and to ‘zip it’ for an hour on HUSH for Homelessness day.
“We feel that by being silent for an hour or more, participants obtain a glimpse of the voiceless lives Australia’s homeless face on a day to day basis – gaining greater understanding of their plight – while at the same time raising funds for this important cause.”
All money raised will go to Mission Australia’s services providing crisis care, transitional or medium-term accommodation and essential support for homeless men, women and children.
For information and to register please visit: http://www.hushforhomelessness.com.au/
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John Cooke, PPR.
Mob: 0433 679 780.
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*ABS 2008. Counting the Homeless, 2006. Australian Census Analytic Program.
Mission Australia is an empowering and compassionate community service organisation. We have been helping to transform the lives of Australians in need for almost 150 years.
Arising historically from various City Missions, including Sydney City Mission, our founding purpose is to meet human need and to give expression to the love of God.
We believe in helping Australians in need get back on their feet. We are committed to eliminating disadvantage and creating a fairer Australia.
With more than 450 services across metropolitan, rural and regional Australia - in every state and territory - we assist more than 300,000 people each year.
Through our programs and services we:
* Combat homelessness
* Assist families and children to overcome hardship
* Support disadvantaged young people
* Deliver entry-level training
* Help unemployed people find permanent work
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