Anti Poverty Week 2012

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Anti Poverty Week 2012

The most recent figures from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) confirm that around 2.2 million Australians are now living in poverty.

ACOSS CEO, Dr Cassandra Goldie, states that 1 in 8 people overall and 1 in 6 children are living below the poverty line. Furthermore she echoes the reaction of the population when she states, “In a wealthy country like Australia, this is simply inexcusable”.

Poverty is not just about how little money you have to live on, it is also about poverty of opportunity.

Centacare Tasmania, in recognition of poverty and its cascading effects, acknowledged Anti Poverty Week on Monday, October 15, on the lawns of the Glenorchy City Council.

Centacare provided free easy budget meals to the community. The public were able to view and taste the nutritious meals from the Bain Marie. The meals were complemented by a giveaway easy budget cookbook, which had been compiled by Centacare employee Marianne.

The variety of meals prepared and cooked by the Centacare Anti Poverty Committee included spaghetti bolognaise, fried rice, steamed rice, chow mien and curried sausages.  Bread and freshly cooked sausages were also on hand.

Pleasant easy listening music provided by two amazing musicians created a carnival type atmosphere.

Also at the event St Vincent De Paul, The Salvation Army and Red Cross displayed and sold good quality clothing at budget low prices.

Playgroup Tasmania presented and demonstrated their toy lending library – a valuable resource for all families.

Loui’s Van, also a valuable resource seen in and around Hobart, made an appearance with coffee, tea, Milo and fresh sandwiches.

Reference: One in eight people living in poverty report