Brekkie for the home­less

Isis Town and Country - - News -

A FREE break­fast to feed the hun­gry will be served up once a month in Bund­aberg thanks to a lo­cal lead­ing not-for-profit hous­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and the Rapid Re­lief Team.

Re­gional Hous­ing Lim­ited has teamed up with the Rapid Re­lief Team to host a free Break­fast Stop, open to the home­less and oth­ers in need, the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month.

A sim­ple meal will make the day of the vul­ner­a­ble in our com­mu­nity a lit­tle eas­ier.

With some en­cour­age­ment, di­rec­tion and the right sup­ports and as­sis­tance, peo­ple can im­prove their sit­u­a­tion for the bet­ter.

Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett has thrown his sup­port be­hind the Break­fast Stop and praised Re­gional Hous­ing Lim­ited on the ini­tia­tive.

Mr Ben­nett said while it was dif­fi­cult to ac­cu­rately pin­point the num­ber of peo­ple who were cur­rently home­less, the most re­cent data avail­able re­vealed there were more than 600 peo­ple liv­ing rough in the wider Bund­aberg re­gion.

“Homelessness is a very se­ri­ous is­sue Aus­tralia-wide, and sadly Bund­aberg is no ex­cep­tion,” he said.

Homelessness is not a choice and can be the re­sult of many so­cial and eco­nomic fac­tors, such as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, ad­dic­tions, phys­i­cal or men­tal health and loss of em­ploy­ment.

Mr Ben­nett ap­plauded other lo­cal busi­nesses for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Break­fast Stop ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing Co­ral Coast Den­tal, which has do­nated pre­ven­ta­tive oral health care pack­ages to be dis­trib­uted on the day.

Roots Hair sa­lon will also at­tend the Break­fast Stop and of­fer free hair­cuts to at­ten­dees.

“I en­cour­age any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to head on down to see the team at Re­gional Hous­ing Lim­ited, grab some­thing to eat and chat to the ex­pe­ri­enced staff,” Mr Ben­nett said.

For more con­tact 1300 642 123.

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