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Home for Christmas - everyone deserves one

Home for Christmas - everyone deserves one

Every day is the same. Some might be hot or cold or wet or windy, but each day for a homeless person feels the same. The boredom might be offset by concern or worry about losing your possessions or when someone wants to fight you or when your dog gets sick. Young people and old, they all face the same issues and they live from day to day and hand to mouth. This much I have discovered while spending some time travelling around with the Missionbeat van, as a volunteer.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Two things this week revealed to me how powerful respect can be – its absence and its presence.

Firstly, a few words on disrespect. 

State of Origins are by far my favourite games of footy (league). Last night’s Blues victory was hard fought and deserved and I can’t wait for the third game up in Queensland. 

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Andrew Lock does the Sydney to Hobart

Andrew Lock does the Sydney to Hobart

SDMF Ambassador Andrew Lock recently competed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and shared his experience with us.

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Thoughts triggered by travels

After the countdown and the anticipation leading up to Graduation, suddenly it is behind us. 

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One in 3 homeless young people say they are homeless because they are unable to afford housing costs or find work...

Homeless youth are much more likely to have alcohol and drug problems, mental illness and trouble with the law...

33% of youth aged 16 and 17 years have tried at least one type of illegal substance including; cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, ecstasy, opiates or cocaine...

Over 100,000 Australians are homeless on any given night, of which at least 44,000 are aged 12 to 25...