AU – Frankston Anti Poverty Week Market Day

A great majority of us lead very full lives, and there are certain matters that are of great value to us. Our careers, our friends and family, socialising, and our assets. But then there are the little things that don’t rise very high on our radar, and maybe we don’t even take time to stop, and appreciate them. The everyday comforts of life, a meal on the table, and even something as simple as a haircut and shower. We tend to take advantage of them and think that they will always be there.

Sadly, this is not the case for a lot of citizens in our communities. To the homeless and poverty stricken amongst us, the little things we take for granted are of a great value in their lives, and they truly show immense appreciation when they are privileged to receive them. These people know real hardship, that many people can’t even begin to imagine. A high percentage of homeless people were leading normal lives, then due to an unforeseen misfortune suddenly found themselves with little possessions and on the street.

People from all walks of life can become unexpectedly homeless not knowing where their next meal is coming from

People from all walks of life can become unexpectedly homeless not knowing where their next meal is coming from

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia.

Berwick RRT serve a feast to the homeless in Frankston during Anti-Poverty week

Berwick RRT serve a feast to the homeless in Frankston during Anti-Poverty week

A pleasant but windy day, Thursday the 20th of October, set the scene for the Frankston Community Market Fresh Day. Organised by the Frankston Homeless Network, there were fresh food giveaways, everyday essentials, showers, haircuts and dental and health check-ups. Free hamburgers with ‘the lot’ were flying off the RRT BBQ, and served with a smile. Appreciative patrons mentioned that they were ‘simply blown away’ by the level of service, and respect they were provided. RRT Volunteers were pleased to be able to serve hot and cold beverages, and a range of ‘save for later’ snacks as well.

RRT Tent was set up amongst other stalls providing services and products

RRT Tent was set up amongst other stalls providing services and products

A great effort was made to fill the stomachs of all who attended, with 180 gourmet burgers, 275 beverages, and over 150 snacks served. The appreciation was certainly well displayed. Licking his lips upon devouring his fourth serving, one patron happily pronounced “RRT food is very addictive!” Another expressed her gratefulness “You just don’t know how much we appreciate what you do, as homeless people.” And from many others “RRT Burgers are the best!”

The loaded burger was a great hit

The loaded burger was a great hit

Rapid Relief Team Volunteers from Berwick were thrilled to support the success of another event for the Frankston area. It means so much to be able to show support, and give back to our communities.