Pius-X and Byamee join forces for Anti-Poverty Week

Amanda Saunders, Zoe Duke, Helena Sampson and Ray Dennison cooking up a storm.
Amanda Saunders, Zoe Duke, Helena Sampson and Ray Dennison cooking up a storm.

In conjunction with Anti-Poverty Week, Pius-X Aboriginal Corporation and Byamee Homeless Support have joined forces.

“R U OK?”, has been the question both services have been asking locals whilst hosting a breakfast at Jellicoe and Cooee Park this week.

Byamee’s Jo Williams said the two services have been holding barbecue breakfasts at both parks alternately to provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy a chat and food together.

“We know through the stresses of life we can all feel stretched financially from time to time,” she said.

Over Monday and Tuesday mornings, Pius and Byamee provided 81 breakfasts to the community.

“We will be set up at Jellicoe Park on Friday morning and Cooee Park on Thursday morning from 7am until 9.30am.

“All are welcome to jion us for a chat and some delicious bacon and eggs,” she said.

The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are to:

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

People living in rural and remote Australia are known to experience higher rates of poverty than those who live in metropolitan areas.

In 2015-16, the equivalised disposable household income outside Australia’s capital cities was, on average 18 per cent less, while net household worth was, on average 29 per cent lower. 

People living outside capital cities were more likely to be in the lowest household income quintile.