Tasting Australia has teamed up with Forage Built and Hutt St Centre as the festival’s exclusive community partners to help the homeless.
Tasting Australia aims to raise awareness and vital funds at the 2021 festival, which will help with the design and build of a ‘pod’ – a safe, transportable home for people experiencing housing challenges in
Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall acknowledges and supports Tasting Australia’s new community partnership.
“It is fantastic to see South Australians forging opportunities to help out those who really need it within our community,” says Marshall.
Forage Built and Hutt St Centre both share the same mission – to provide meaningful change to people experiencing homelessness. They recognise that people living on the streets require more than just housing to break the cycle, an initiative Hutt St Centre refers to as ‘homefulness’.
Co-Founder and Director of Forage Built, Scott Rogasch, teamed up with Co-Founder and retired Port Adelaide footballer Justin Westhoff to create a business that hopes to truly make a difference to people’s lives with an innovative, sustainable, and integrated housing solution.
“The pods produced for Forage Built have been carefully designed to ensure we aren’t just getting people off the street, we are giving them hope through a dignified place they can call home,” says Rogasch.
“Through the initiative, we aim to provide a meaningful change to the problem of homelessness through an innovative, sustainable and integrated housing solution aligned to gaining safe, suitable transitional accommodation. We hope this partnership with Tasting Australia can help us achieve just that.”
For the duration of Tasting Australia, festivalgoers will be able to preview a prototype pod in Town Square and learn about Forage Built’s mission, as well as making a donation to Hutt St Centre and Forage Built which will help fund the build of more pods.
Tasting Australia Festival Director, Simon Bryant was instrumental in formalising the partnership, having previously worked with Hutt St Centre.
“I’m so proud to see the festival officially linked to these community partners who work so hard on a strategic long-term level to help people achieve the basic human right of safe and dignified housing,” says Bryant.
For more information, check out the Tasting Australia website.