18 October 2018
The City of Kwinana has partnered with local charity S.O.U.L Soup Patrol, to recognise the UN International Day to Eradicate Poverty yesterday (Wednesday, 17 October 2018), by encouraging donations of non-perishable food.
Mayor Carol Adams presented the donations, which had been collected via a donation box outside the Kwinana Public Library, to S.O.U.L Soup Patrol yesterday.
An event was also held at the Darius Wells Centre, attended by local community service providers and the City's Community Engagement and Liaison officers, who were available to answer questions people had about dealing with poverty in the Kwinana area.
Mayor Carol Adams noted that poverty and hardship affect more than a million Australians and that more than a billion people are desperately poor worldwide.
"During Anti-Poverty Week, which runs from the 14 to 20 October this year, we can help fight poverty and hardship by helping people understand how poverty affects our community and to explain ways in which we can help those who are struggling," she said.
"One of the aims of Anti-Poverty Week in Australia is to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship," said Mayor Adams.
"We hope that by encouraging people to talk about poverty that we can empower those who wish to support others within their community or to help someone who is struggling with hardship themselves," she said.
Free games and refreshments were on offer as part of the day's proceedings and a Dome Café gift voucher was generously donated as a raffle prize for fundraising.
"Everyone can play a role in fighting poverty in their own lives and the lives of those around them. We hope that through small actions such as food donations, fundraising and free activities that we can help inspire others in the community," said Mayor Adams.
Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia in 2002 and each year more than four hundred activities are arranged by community groups across Australia. For more information on Anti-Poverty Week.