With an increasing demand for its service, Hutt St Centre is again calling for people to walk a mile in the boots of a person who is homeless on Friday 7 August and experience for just one hour what it’s like for Adelaide’s homeless.
As Adelaide has its coldest start to winter in 30 years, spare a thought for the men, women and children sleeping rough in cars, on couches, in crisis accommodation or makeshift camps.
“Each year around 6000 people are homeless across our state,” Hutt St Centre CEO Ian Cox said.
“It’s through a series of unfortunate and often traumatic circumstances that people find themselves with no other alternative.”
“Our aim this year is to get 6000 people walking. For every person who is homeless in our state we want to see someone step up for them; whether you walk, donate or sponsor someone – it all helps.”
Funds raised from walk a mile in my boots keep Hutt St Centre’s Day Centre open – often a homeless person’s first point of call to seek help. The Day Centre provides a wide-range of assistance including access to facilities and lockers, clothing and blankets, a warm cup of tea and food, and the first conversations in determining a person’s next steps.
“It is a doorway to a place where a person will be welcomed, no matter their circumstances. It can be a relief from stereotype and judgement,” Hutt St Centre CEO Ian Cox said.
walk a mile in my boots is held during National Homelessness Prevention Week – rain, hail or shine and this year will start in a new location. The event will begin in Victoria Park (Wakefield Road entrance) and finish in the South Park Lands with a ‘traditional’ Hutt St Centre BBQ breakfast.
What: walk a mile in my boots
When: Friday 7 August 2015 7.30am
Where: Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi, (Wakefield Road entrance), 8:00am finish on Hutt Road with a ‘traditional Hutt St Centre BBQ breakfast’ in the South Park Lands.
Why: To help Hutt St Centre’s Day Centre to continue to provide essential services for people who are homeless and vulnerable living in Adelaide.
Registration: www.walkamile.org.au $25 adults, $10 concession/student, $5 children (5-12), children under 5 free. Team registration is available.
If you are heading to the event then make sure you use the hashtags #walkamile and #endhomlessness