Monday, March 16, 2009

Raising Awareness

Last week I supervised a group of students who were participating in a sleepout to raise awareness about homelessness in our region. It was organised by students from a group of schools and it aimed to prompt awareness and start conversations in their schools about how they might support organisations who work in this area. It actually received a lot of criticism from people, mostly regarding the lack of authenticity. But I was really proud of this kids, they are concerned about the issue, they wanted to give it some attention and they worked hard to put it together. From some one who was there I could see that the documentary that they watched and overnight experience did raise questions. It was good to see that these were thinking about things beyond their own world for a change.

The local newspaper coverage is here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Soup Bus Update

It is very exciting to see that the Soup Bus is all decked out and ready to go. The final preparations for the bus were finished in time for the bus to be used as a part of the bush fire response. There is a community meeting this week for interested volunteers and supporters. The website is also up and running

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Some random thoughts on giving

I've just been thinking about the way in which disaster and tragedy draw communities together, it gets people talking and sharing and connecting with each other. And while I think that communities coming together is definitely a good thing, it is sad to think that it takes something drastic to make us evaluate what is truly important.

The other thing that has blown me away in the wake of the Victorian bush fires is the generosity and the amount of giving in time, money and resources that has taken place. Despite there being a global economic crisis people have donated huge amounts of money, millions of dollars have been raised so far and fundraising is continuing. This extraordinary outpouring of generosity demonstrates the power of communities as they work together. Again it is sad that it takes something so dramatic to engage the community. Imagine the way local and global issues could be addressed if we could harness that kind of community engagement.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Culture Clash

I'm about to embark on another semester of madness with two MICD subjects. I'm trying to get a jump start on my reading and was directed to this clip. I thought it was worth sharing.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

NaBloPoMo March- Giving (Up)

I'm giving the NaBloPoMo challenge another go. I have been needing a little extra motivation for blogging recently and the theme for this month caught my interest- Giving (Up). I'm going to interpret the 'giving up' component as sacrifices that we can make for the greater good whether that be environmental, social or spiritual.

Tonight I want to start off by thanking those that give up so much of themselves and their lives to help others. Specifically tonight I want to make a special mention of my Dearest and those like him who work in various areas of social welfare. They don't earn huge wages and they often have to work bizarre hours. They have to confront all sorts of situations and environments and the nature of the work can be isolating. I greatly admire people who are willing to pursue careers in areas that require such sacrifice and receive little recognition. I think you rock.
Matthew 25: 34
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

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