The five colourful Donate Without A Doubt collection boxes for the homeless the City of Fremantle installed around the CBD are less than successful.
The CoF reports that $ 8747.00 was donated to St Patrick’s in 2016 and half of that is the dollar for dollar match by the City.
It means that less than $ 12.00 a day was collected from the public in the five boxes, or $ 2.40 per box.
There is also little evidence it has helped to reduce beggars in the CBD.
Is the TAB really a good location for one of the homeless donation collection boxes, City of Fremantle?
Victor Crevatin, Director of Homelessness and Support Services at St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, will be the speaker for the July edition of The Fremantle Network‘s speaker series.
It is on tomorrow Tuesday 12th July from 5.30 for a 6pm start upstairs at The National Hotel.
Victor will be sharing some of his insights into the state of homelessness in Fremantle, and will also look into the future towards what we can do to alleviate some of the pressure.
The Speakers Series of the Fremantle Network is very interesting and is also a chance to network with the Freo community, business community.
If you ever wanted the chance to bid on some great art by artists such as Salvador Dalí; Pablo Picasso; Charles Blackman or Robert Juniper and help the homeless at the same time this Saturday is your chance to do so and help disadvantaged people at the same time at the Soroptimist Art Auction!
It’ on Saturday 11 June 2016, FREMANTLE TOWN HALL. Registration from 3pm.
Performance by The Starlight Hotel Choir 5pm.
Auction starts at 5.30pm. Open for viewing Friday 10 June: 3 – 5pm, Saturday 11 June: 12 noon – 5pm, Auction 5.30pm.
Money raised goes towards supporting the Freo Street Doctor, the Sisters’ Place project of St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, and the Fremantle Multicultural Centre.
The Fremantle Soroptimists did a splendid job fundraising in their recent art auction. Here the message I received from them:
Thanks to participating artists, generous bidders and sponsors, and a small army of volunteers, the turnover for the Help the Homeless Art Auction at Fremantle Town Hall last Saturday was just over $72,000 in less than three hours, with several additional sales still in negotiation.
Works still available include artists such as Amanda Shelsher, Anne McCaughey, Jo Darvall, Theo Koning, Geoff Wake, Chris McClelland, Tim Macfarlane Reid and Pippin Drysdale.
The annual Soroptimist International Fremantle HELP THE HOMELESS ART AUCTION is on again this Saturday June 6 at the Fremantle Town Hall. Register from 3 pm and auction starts at 5.30 pm.
There are too many artists who generously donated their works to mention them all, but check out the poster above. Names like Salvadore Dali, Robert Juniper and Elizabeth Durack should get the attention of serious art collectors, so don’t miss out to support the homeless and get yourself a great artwork or two.
Funds raised will be going to the Freo Street Doctor, St Pat’s My Sister’s Place and the Fremantle Multicultural Centre.
Having written only yesterday about homeless people, it is sad to hear on ABC radio this morning that a homeless man who sleeps in his car in Cockburn get’s fined for illegal camping. The man told Geoff Hutchison that he does not have a cooker or camping gear but only his personal belongings, but the rangers refuse to differentiate. Have a heart City of Cockburn and give the guy a break. He needs one!
It is Homeless Persons Week and a good time for all of us who don’t sleep on the streets to realsise how blessed we are. Especially when it is freezing cold and wet I often think about the poor people who have no home to go to because of lack of affordable and public housing. It has always intrigued me what affordable actually stands for because so called affordable is often still not financially viable for poor people.
Homeless people need and deserve empathy from the community. They are not an eyesore we should just move on, as some retailers and the Lord Mayor of Perth suggest, but an indication that our society is doing something wrong. It is not acceptable that in a wealthy state like Western Australia some 9,500 people sleep on the streets every night.
If housing is not affordable or available for these people, local councils in collaboration with state and federal governments should offer shelters where at least they have a roof over their head, warmth, water and a shower.
I am a bit tired of hearing all the horror stories of beggars being wealthy, or criminals, etc. Many of the ones I see in Fremantle look pretty awful and some are quite obviously mentally not well. They don’t deserve to be judged as an unpleasant nuisance akin to litter, they deserve our compassion and support.
If you don’t feel comfortable giving them money because they might buy alcohol or cigarettes, buy them a hot coffee or a meal instead and give them a smile and say hello instead of looking away.
We are not always in control of our own destiny and many homeless people simply had a run of bad luck. Be kind to them, Freo!