Homelessness campaigners take wet weather in their stride

Homelessness campaigners take wet weather in their stride

Less than ideal weather failed to stop members of the Limestone Coast coming together for the Pride in Your Stride walk from Vansittart Park to the Mount Gambier Library, aiming to show support for the region’s homeless community.

The event symbolised the daily walk people without a home are forced to make to access food and basic services.

It was a great showing of support for the Ruby’s Reunification Program event with a healthy number of walkers including students from Tenison Woods College.

Those taking part in the awareness event was asked to donate a pair of shoes to be distributed to those in need throughout the Limestone Coast.

An event spokesperson said organisers were thrilled “as despite the cold and wet day, spirits were high and the commitment of those participating in the walk was not dampened”.

“Over 100 people completed the walk, including representatives from Mount Gambier Council, staff from the office of Troy Bell, Member for Mount Gambier, colleagues from Uniting Communities, numerous community services, Teachers and Year 5 students from Tenison Woods College Mount Gambier and like-minded people from the local community, including Human Lego man 2.0,” the spokesperson said.

“The walk continues to be a way of raising awareness and promote conversations about the concerning and growing situation of people experiencing homelessness.

“In addition to the walk, the Ruby’s team had been collecting new/near new shoes that were generously donated by people in the community.

“The number of shoes donated was astounding and we look forward to distributing them throughout the Limestone Coast in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.”

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