16 October 2016
This week, ACT community organisations will host a suite of events for Anti-Poverty Week, highlighting the economic and social inequality that exists in Canberra.
Despite the reputation of the ACT as being an affluent community, inequality is prevalent across the Territory, and it is this inequality that ACT Anti-Poverty Week events will seek to bring to the attention of the broader Canberra population and decision makers.
“Anti-Poverty Week is a national event that seeks to expand on the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. It serves as an opportunity to not just highlight the poverty and disadvantage that exists in our city, but to also propose meaningful solutions to address these issues,” Co-Chair of the ACT Anti-Poverty Week Committee, Jeremy Halcrow said.
“We are proud to see a calendar of 30 events across Canberra and surrounding regions during Anti-Poverty Week this year, showing the commitment from our not-for-profit sector and the community to addressing and ending poverty,” Co-Chair of the ACT Anti-Poverty Week Committee, Frances Crimmins said.
Included in the calendar of events is the launch of Anglicare’s ‘Come as you are’, a research report which looks into the links between disadvantage and social exclusion, and in particular the role of community food services in supporting those experiencing disadvantage and social exclusion in the ACT and Queanbeyan, as well as an awards ceremony announcing the winners of the annual ‘Pens against Poverty’ schools writing competition. In addition, there will be community lunches and morning teas, church services, and more.
“Our goal is to see as many members of the community attending an event or joining the conversation as possible over the week,” Ms Crimmins said.
“With the election having taken place this weekend, it’s a crucial time for us to make sure that addressing inequality remains on the agenda for the incoming Government.”
Anti-Poverty Week will take place from 16 – 22 October 2016. A full calendar of events, including relevant media contacts can be found at http://www.antipovertyweek.org.au.
Frances Crimmins (YWCA Canberra) and Jeremy Halcrow (Anglicare, NSW South, NSW West and ACT) are available for interview.
Media contact: Joanna Le 0450 962 842.