Homelessness, domestic violence, drug use and mental health are all issues that affect huge numbers of Australians and their families each year.
To work through these issues, families need the support of community centre’s like the Ruah Centre to provide safe, positive environments for recovery.
On the 21 May, Certificate II Community Services students held a community event to raise awareness of these social issues and raise money for the Ruah Centre.
The Ruah Centre provides services to men and women who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. It is an inner-city day centre for adults that offer access to showers, computers, telephones, activities, hot drinks, toast and fruit.
The Community Services students ran stalls and provided information on the effects of domestic violence, drug use, homelessness and mental health, as well as hosting a fundraising sausage sizzle.
Students Craig Bendeich, Jennifer Petroboni, Naomi Simwanza, Samuel Gale and Claire Sharp relished the opportunity to put their skills into practice and assist with such a worthy cause.
On the 23 June, following discussions with the Ruah Centre, the students purchased and donated a new BBQ with the money raised from the sausage sizzle.
The students then christened the BBQ by cooking up a storm for all those attending. Congratulations to everyone involved.