Homelessness Awareness Week begins on Monday 3 August, raising awareness of, and seeking to end, homelessness in Australia. With almost 10 000 women in Queensland experiencing homelessness, Second Chance is eager to support this initiative in as many ways possible.
Second Chance have organised several events to raise awareness and funds in support of this worthy cause. This week, all students viewed an awareness video created by Second Chance, posing a vital question to our School community: ‘What does home mean to you?’
Next Monday, Second Chance will be selling Homelessness Awareness Week badges for $2 at the front gates from 7.30 am, with all proceeds going to the Second Chance Foundation, which supports Brisbane women experiencing homelessness. An art installation will also be set up in support of Homelessness Awareness Week. Students and staff are encouraged to show their support by colouring in a ‘brick’ on the installation with the provided paint pens.
We believe the words of Joe Swift, from the organisation Kids Under Cover, aptly summarise our hopes for what the School community will understand through this week:
Homelessness is not just about a roof overhead, it’s about having a stable and secure place to call home. It’s about having a solid foundation upon which young people are afforded the support, the security and the care they need to explore their potential and become happy, healthy and productive members of the community (Swift, J. Kids Under Cover).
Abigail Lui (12O)
Second Chance Committee