On Tuesday 16 October, the 2019 Prefects and House Captains arrived at the Hilton Hotel bright and early to attend a breakfast hosted by the Australia Day Council of South Australia in support of Catherine House and the Hutt Street Centre. The event raised funds and awareness for the amazing work conducted by Catherine House and Hutt Street Centre, two South Australian organisations who offer support services to those experiencing homelessness. Both centres provide temporary accommodation, food, clothing and resources for the most vulnerable of Adelaide who are left homeless, due to hardships, and provides them with an opportunity to rebuild their lives. The importance of these organisations was showcased during a performance by the Hutt Street and Catherine House choir. Each performer on stage had experienced homelessness and demonstrated that they were able to rebuild their lives and overcome challenges. Through performing in harmony in front of hundreds of people with confidence and passion, they acknowledged the opportunities provided to them by Catherine House and Hutt St Centre.
Apart from the delicious breakfast served, the highlight of the morning was the insightful presentations delivered by guest speakers Corey White and Taryn Brumfitt. Corey White, an Australian comedian, shared his experiences with abuse and homelessness, and how he finally owns his own house and how developing his career as a stand-up comedian allowed him to face his inner demons and rebuild his life. Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, shared her story of her brother who died whilst living on the streets. Both presenters captivated the audience and conveyed that everyone has the ability to assist those experiencing homelessness. The overall message was that we must all love more. Firstly by learning to love and embrace ourselves and then displaying this love to everyone around us, especially those experiencing homelessness, in order to create positive change in our society.
The breakfasted concluded with an interview between Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM, founder of the Zahra Foundation and 2016 Young South Australian of the Year, and Sarah Gun, founder of Gogo events. In the interview, they discussed their stories and their contribution to society.
Together, the group left the event inspired to create change in regard to homelessness. With the event in mind, students from Mary MacKillop College will be participating in Walk a Mile in my Boots on Friday 23 November. This charity event, in support of Hutt St Centre, will create change through raising awareness and funds for the homeless of Adelaide and will certainly take on a new meaning and significance after this experience. It has inspired us to Know More, Do More and Be More.
Jacinta and Fiona
Year 11 Students