AU – RRT worked at Anti-Poverty Week in Frankston to raised awareness

The Frankston region in southern Melbourne is ranked as the 7th most disadvantaged area in Victoria with an estimated homeless rate of 56 per 10,000 of population. This has risen rapidly from 40 per 10,000 in 2006, a 40% increase in only 9 years!

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As part of the United Nations initiated Global Anti-Poverty Week, the Frankston City Council held an event on Thursday 15th October 2015 to recognise this very real issue in their area.

The Frankston City Council, in partnership with Community Support Frankston, Second Bite and the RRT worked to raise community awareness as to the levels of poverty in the community whilst promoting all the various programs and organisations which exist to support these persons in need.

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Whilst the sun shone brightly, Frankston Community Support were there to provide emergency food, grocery vouchers, help with utility bills, referrals and advocacy while Second Bite distributed donated fresh fruit and vegetables and bread – meanwhile the Berwick RRT were busy cooking and serving food.

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By the end of the day a total of 120 gourmet hamburgers, 90 sausages in bread, 2 kg of lamingtons and 100 bottles of water were handed out to Frankston’s disadvantaged and homeless, what a great result!