Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
With National Homelessness Week underway, the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre completed their annual Hamburgers for Homelessness last Thursday.
The annual event sees community members buy a hamburger, with all funds raised going towards supporting homeless people in Bowen.
According to the 2021 Census, nearly one on 200 people in Australia were homeless on Census night, with more than 122,494 people estimated to be homeless.
Bowen Neighbourhood Centre aims to tackle these statistics locally by hosting this annual event.
On the day, rail freight company Aurizon, kicked off the pre-orders, with a $200 donation for their staff who were hand-delivered these tasty treats.
A total of 302 hamburgers were cooked by the dedicated volunteers on the day.
“That was triple what we’ve ever done before,” explained Stephanie Cora, the Executive Officer of the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre.
“We also had resources and brochures available which included statistic on state homelessness.
“It’s not just low-income earners any more, we’re seeing professionals and middle-income earners too.”
Whitsunday Mayor Julie Hall and Councillor Michelle Wright attended the event and were put to work cutting onions and flipping burgers.
The event was championed by Lauren Moxham, of Community Connect, who works closely alongside other organisations to tirelessly source permanent and temporary housing for Bowen locals
The Bowen Neighbourhood Centre combats homelessness in a myriad of avenues, by providing services such as hot meals, hot shower, toiletries, emergency and food relief, laundry facilities, and assisting with travel to relocate.
The funds raised from Hamburgers for Homelessness will go towards material aid for people affected by homelessness, and include the purchase of tents, swags, radios, phones, and powerbanks.