Donation Campaigns
 

FIGHT POVERTY!

WHAT ARE WE PLANNING?

In 2016, the New England/ Northwest Region supported out first Community Sleep Out. The event raised $20,000 in donations and contributions. We were able to use these funds to help fight poverty in our area.

With your help, we want to do even more this year! We have set the targets even higher to begin to raise funds for specific projects we think we can bring to our region. This includes the towns of Armidale, Tamworth, Inverell, Narrabri, Walgett, Wee Waa, Moree, Warialda, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Guyra, Barraba, Gunnedah, Quirindi, Werris Creek, Walcha, and Uralla.

With your help, we will be running another fundraising relief appeal which will culminate in a Community Sleep-Out event to be held in Armidale in November.

How can you get involved and support the appeal?

  1. Contribute directly by giving financially to the appeal – click the “DONATE NOW!” button below.
  2. Join us in the Community Sleep-Out to raise awareness of the need to fight poverty in a direct and meaningful way. You don’t need to sleep-out with us to be a part of it. There will be lots of fun things to do in the early part of the evening for all ages.
  3. Join the support team and help us promote and run the event by clicking here.
  4. Become a Corporate Strategic Partner with us and sign up for a sponsorship pack by clicking here.

Last year we raised enough money to buy ‘Street Swags’ which were distributed throughout the region and also contributed financially to the homeless initiatives at Freeman House.

This year and next year we are hoping to raise somewhere in the order of $50,000 for a series of different projects than can be run for the whole region too. These would include the following:

-        Regional mobile showers

-        Regional mobile laundry

-        Regional mobile sleep buses

-        Ongoing Care and Support welfare services carried out by the Society in the 20 towns in our region. These include food, vouchers, assistance with rental payments, electricity relief as well as furniture and clothing to people from all around the region who come to us in need.

As an Extra-Fundraising Activity during AntiPoverty Week 15-21 October this year we will be donating the week's fundraising submissions to this cause.

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WHAT DOES POVERTY LOOK LIKE IN OUR REGION?

Poverty is not a problem for ‘individuals’ but a problem for society. We believe that we should all share the responsibility in trying to address it. Poverty exists where household income is so low that an acceptable standard of living is impossible to achieve. There are approximately 3 million people living below the poverty line in Australia. Rates are higher in regional and rural areas compared to cities.  Those at greatest risk of poverty include single parent families, Youth and Indigenous groups as well as anyone in receipt of a Centrelink benefits. In the New England/ Northwest region of New South Wales, there are around 9,000 Single parent families, 82,000 people under the age of 35, 36,000 Indigenous Australians and 19,000 people on an allowance other than the aged pension.

Join with us now and doing something about poverty in your town!