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Uniting communities against poverty

Published Friday 18 November 2016
  • Hardship Relief

For the second year running, Wesley Mission Queensland co-chaired the State Facilitating Committee for Anti-Poverty Week, held from 16-21 October. In Queensland, the week served to highlight the almost half a million people who are living on or below the poverty line.

This year, Anti-Poverty Week kicked off with a Walk Against Poverty, officially started by Senator Murray Watt and attended by members of the community who took part in a 5km walk from QUT’s Garden’s Point campus.

On 17 October, our friends at Deloitte hosted a breakfast attended by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman who helped to officially launch our Red Bag Appeal and announce this year’s Campaign for Change initiative. The breakfast brought together more than 50 corporate and non-government organisations to lend their support to these initiatives.

Thousands of commuters experienced the ‘Wall of Kindness’ installation at Central Station during the week, thanks to Queensland Rail and were encouraged to take and fill a Red Bag for people in need.

Queensland Rail also promoted our Anti-Poverty Week Photojournalism Exhibition ‘The Power of Community’ at their Central, South Brisbane and Roma Street Stations. The exhibition displayed at the Maud Gallery in Newstead was the culmination of months of hard work by Griffith University Queensland College of Art Photojournalism students.

Students travelled across the state to capture images of everyday Queenslanders making a difference in their local communities.  

Thank you to everyone who helped raise awareness of poverty in our communities by hosting or taking part in an event throughout the week.