Magpie Nest was created to show that we value the lives of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our society; that homelessness is unacceptable and that we must do whatever it takes to resolve this issue.
Around Australia over 100,000 people are homeless – more than 25,000 are in Victoria and the number is growing.
In Melbourne tonight, in the world’s most liveable city, hundreds of people will sleep rough on the streets. Many more will be forced to stay in unsafe rooming houses. Others live in cars or couch surf.
Magpie Nest helps the most vulnerable people in our community – people without a safe and secure place to live. People suffering from serious mental health issues, drug addiction or substance abuse, trauma, family violence, or disadvantage and social poverty.
Magpie Nest partners with the extraordinary social workers from the Salvation Army Project 614 Team in Melbourne. The program provides a network of support services along with safe and affordable accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.
Magpie Nest @ Hamodava Café at 69 Burke Street serves 3,000 free meals each week and is open overnight as a safe haven for the homeless.
The program operates 38 houses around Melbourne supported by a team of case workers that provide individual support and care, including links to mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and legal services – along with accommodation and employment/training assistance.
But so much more needs to be done. We need more houses and more workers. Increased services.
Funds raised by participants of the Star Wars Neon Run will go directly to Magpie Nest and to helping the homeless and those doing it tough.
Your help will make a difference. It will keep people off the streets and it really will save lives.
For more information about Magpie Nest please visit www.cfcfoundation.com.au
There is no reason for anyone in Melbourne to be homeless. It is unacceptable.
I believe that homelessness is preventable and that by working together we can all play a major role in reducing the incidence of homelessness in our society.
It is inevitable that some people will fall through the cracks, but it is shameful that we cannot provide them with a safe landing.
Magpie Nest provides genuine care and support – and a pathway out of homelessness. It provides a range of services and most importantly it provides respect for the most isolated and vulnerable people in our society.
There are other great programs and truly amazing people helping the homeless. The State Government is funding a range of innovative programs. Everyone agrees on one thing. More must be done.
I hope that you will get behind the Star Wars Neon Run and start a fundraising page as part of your registration as it will make a difference to the lives of so many people.
Thank you to the event owner and promoter, Fairfax Events & Entertainment and to all of our support sponsors.
Eddie McGuire AM