Christmas time is not only a time of celebration and joy. Typically we spend our time indulging life’s luxuries and spending time with loved ones.
Christmas time is also a time to reflect and be grateful for what we have, and spare a thought for those that are less than fortunate than us.
This time around, we took some time out from our Christmas Party to do exactly that, and visited Wesley Mission to learn about the widespread levels of homeless people in Sydney and across Australia.
Wesley Mission is a part of the Uniting Church of Australia and has a mission to minister to a community with real needs.
“Our community includes the vulnerable and marginalized. It includes the lonely, hurt and fragile, the homeless, mentally ill, aged, disabled, and unemployed. It includes the spiritually lost.” – Wesley Mission
During our afternoon at the Wesley Mission headquarters in Sydney, we learnt about the harsh realities of homelessness across Australia and the good work that Wesley Mission does to provide shelter, food, counselling, medical care and spiritual care.
Did you know? 17% of homeless people are under the age of 12
Our team at Knowledge to Action each gave $10 and were each tasked with one of three scenarios:
- To feed a person for 3 days that lives in an area with rats and possums and no cooking facilities
- To feed a person for 3 days that has access to a stove but no fridge
- To feed a mother and baby with access to a stove and fridge for 3 days
We were left to go shopping with the tips that homeless people have access to BBQ’s in parks to heat food, and hot water free from McDonald’s.
After successfully providing 3 meals a day for 3 days for each of our scenarios, we donated our food to the great cause that is Wesley Mission, to be distributed to those in need over the Christmas Period.
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