It’s a troublingly commonplace sight in the central city: Hutt Street Centre estimates that there are 5,985 people currently experiencing homelessness in South Australia.
They’re concerning numbers, and something Adelaide filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt wants to do something about. She feels it’s our collective responsibility to help the city’s most vulnerable.
During this pandemic, people who are sleeping rough are facing increased discrimination in addition to the serious risks posed by COVID-19,” Taryn explains.
Brumfitt has pledged to do her bit by encouraging people to donate a dollar a day over the next six days to Hutt Street Centre. The central city organisation supports people experiencing homelessness with wraparound services including free meals, counselling, and a lockers to keep their belongings.
“This morning at Hutt St Centre’s Foundation meeting I was saddened to hear CEO Chris Burns reporting on the increase in client numbers coming to the centre for help, many of these people finding themselves homeless for the first time in their lives,” she says on a My Cause page started a few days ago.
This comes in response to job losses and insecurity and food insecurity during the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Chris then shared some news that made me incredibly sad – on the first day of lockdown there were reports of people experiencing homelessness being abused by drivers in passing cars screaming “ Get off the streets” – Covid times are tough, hard lock down times are tougher. It is why I created this campaign, we’re better than this, it’s time to band together…”
Brumfitt has already smashed her campaign goal of raising $10,000 over the next six days, and now has her sights set on raising $20,000. Her My Cause remains open for donations here for anyone wanting to do their bit.
“In a time when many of us are feeling isolated, we have the chance to create meaningful change by giving back and leading with kindness and compassion,” stresses Taryn.
Read more about Hutt Street Centre and how you can help them here.