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Matt`s Message Winter 2017


Winterproofing Our Community


Welcome to our Winter Edition of the HopeStreet newsletter. Certainly the days and nights have been getting a lot colder here in the city. I often take for granted the little things that come so naturally to our way of living. Such as the ease of switching on a heater when it’s cold, having the option to wear a second jacket when putting out the rubbish on a windy night, and simply going to the cupboard for another hot chocolate or a snack whenever I feel a bit hungry. Sometimes, in the deeper more reflective moments of my life, I feel bothered by this privileged ease of access to comfort.


In one such moment open to discomfort, I realised that what we do with the responsibility of privilege is important. After 3 years here at HopeStreet, I have started to see some patterns forming and recognize the cycles that come around with each season. However this year, there is a strong sense in our community that the cost of living has increased dramatically in the last 12 months. We are seeing more and more people seeking support for basic day to day needs and items. This observation inspired our Winter Appeal campaign, Winterproofing Our Community.


At HopeStreet our response to the community’s growing need was to focus on collecting really practical day to day items to distribute through our Winter Appeal campaign – Winterproofing Our Community. Already as I write this article we have seen some amazing expressions of love, support and provision from our HopeStreet Family. Food, blankets, jackets, and hygiene products have been steadily flowing in and filling our emergency relief cupboards. Each time I am out and about someone gives me a bag or a box of donations. I am thankful and encouraged as my car rarely goes empty back into the city.


Thank you also extends for the opportunities that we get as a team here at HopeStreet to connect very practically with others through these donated items. We are able to then offer further support, a listening ear, and care for whatever our community might need at this point of connection. What excites me most is the fact that this may lead to them taking up our offer of counselling or case management. Or it may be time out from feeling isolated and lead to them reconnecting back into their community. For many experiencing life on the streets or struggling with social and financial isolation these are steps towards a transforming life.


To The Top


For the last few newsletters we are have been sharing about our To The Top fundraising event and asking people to come on board and have some adventure while raising much needed funds for HopeStreet through the journey.


I am so excited to announce the event was a major success raising over $53,000 through online donations via our Go Fundraise portal plus another $6,500 through corporate sponsorship and support. The three parallel events saw 54 people brave the conditions to cycle, hike and drive to the top of Mt Kosciusko.


Thank you so much to all our individual supporters, sponsors, partners and participants for an absolutely outstanding effort.


I had the privilege of meeting the HTTT Team, one of the three Teams from TTT, at Charlotte Pass. The sheer exhaustion on their faces soon turned to absolute joy and exhilaration as they realised they had made it. They had achieved a 20klm hike to the top of Mt Kosciusko, a marathon effort walking some of Australia’s most amazing mountains. I was lucky enough to still be able to muscle up a group photo of them punching the sky in excitement for what they had achieved personally. (See Photo).


One of the HTTT team members told me this had been a bucket list achievement for her. She was already planning to join the team again next year along with her husband. I realised that through a personal challenge to go on an adventure and raise money for HopeStreet’s life transforming work, she had also achieved a moment of significance in her personal life. It doesn’t get better than that. If To The Top is something you would love to be a part of in 2018, then please lock these dates into your diary:


Ride TTT
25 Feb to 4 March 2018


Hike TTT
2 to 4 March 2018


Drive TTT
1 to 4 March 2018


Regos will go live in Sep 2017. Please watch our website for more details: http://hopestreet.org.au/to-the-top.


Thanks for being part of the HopeStreet Family. I hope you enjoy the articles in this quarter’s Winter Newsletter.


Regards

Matt


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