Walk­ing to help the re­gion’s home­less

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

THE com­mu­nity is in­vited to join the first an­nual Walk for Home­less Aus­tralians To­day march this week­end.

The event, hosted by Aus­tralian Red Cross Tweed Youth Club, will start at Jack Evans Boat Har­bour and par­tic­i­pants will have the op­tion to walk 2km, 4km or 6km to­wards The An­chor­age in Tweed Heads.

Mem­ber Alanah Still said the march was a chance for the com­mu­nity to sup­port home­less peo­ple in the Tweed.

“We want to show sup­port and have peo­ple walk­ing on this is­sue,” she said.

“There are a lot of young peo­ple who are home­less but you just don’t see them on the street.

“We’ve got an elderly home­less man speak­ing about his ex­pe­ri­ence, we’ll have a bar­be­cue and a scav­enger hunt for each dis­tance.”

Work­ing along­side the home­less com­mu­nity with her fam­ily, ARCTYC mem­ber Jas­min Jones-calvert said she feared the is­sue of home­less­ness was big­ger than peo­ple re­alised.

“Home­less­ness is big in our area, it’s a re­ally over­looked de­mo­graphic in our area,” she said.

“We know a lot of young peo­ple are couch surf­ing and liv­ing just above the (poverty) line try­ing to make ends meet, it’s some­thing that’s very close to our hearts.”

Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to come dressed in pur­ple for the walk.

PHOTO: AIS­LING BRENNAN

JUST WALK: Aus­tralian Red Cross Tweed Youth Club mem­bers are rais­ing aware­ness about home­less­ness.

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