Bega Valley homelessness campaign swings into action

Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Mick Brosnan with Ray and Chris Tynan and the graphic they want to see turn red.
Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast, Mick Brosnan with Ray and Chris Tynan and the graphic they want to see turn red.

The Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast (SJASC) kicked off the campaign to help house the homeless at Nethercote market on Saturday, July 24 with a graphic and announcement of an extra $10,000.

The campaign, called 'It's Up To Us' started with $55,000 from the sale of a unit at Merimbula Lake Caravan Park.

President of the SJASC Mick Brosnan wants to see the initial $55,000 increased by $100,000 and on Saturday was pleased to announce that $10,000 had been donated by two individuals.

The money raised will go towards a transitional unit, something that will provide stability and a place to call home, for more than just a couple of nights, for the homeless of Bega Valley.

"We need to help Stacey and Max who are living in a motel with no cooking facilities because they can't find affordable, stable accommodation. They are expecting a baby," Mr Brosnan said.

"We need to help the many who sleep in cars every night. We need accommodation for the family of four and the family of six who are living in freezing campervans," he added.

Mr Brosnan said that desperate situations could be turned around, giving an example of George who lost his job in Eden and became homeless because he couldn't pay his rent.

"We offered him a unit where he was able to recover from the trauma and anxiety caused by this unforeseeable chain of events. Casual maintenance work led to a full-time job and his own accommodation. What we know from George is the value of transitional accommodation," Mr Brosnan said.

The community is being invited to donate directly to the dedicated account at Bendigo Bank: It's Up To Us BSB 633000, account 151382090 (all monies go entirely to the campaign).

There are three events whose organisers have pledged their support:

Sleep On It at Bega Showground was to be in August but has been rescheduled to October 22

Motorfest, Pambula, September 21

Figmentz Music Festival, Oaklands, November 21.

Social Justice Advocate Karen Gillespie.

Social Justice Advocate Karen Gillespie.

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