This week is anti-poverty week, a timely topic with poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians and around the world, more than a billion people are desperately poor.
Centacare North Queensland is running several activities in Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Normanton during Anti-Poverty Week, this week.
The week kicks off with a “Read.Learn.Know.Grow” literacy event in Mount Isa this afternoon (Monday, October 17).
To be held on the Civic Centre lawn from 4-6pm you can come along, grab a book from the selection and a pillow, and have a read with your little ones. There is a free pillow and book for every child.
There is also have a Love Languages stall, where parents can learn about their unique love language, which will help them communicate more effectively with their loved ones.
Centacare North Queensland says wants to help promote more discussion and action about poverty in the region.
“Our Anti-Poverty Week events will help break down the barriers for anyone experiencing hardship or poverty, and create community ownership,” Centacare NQ Regional Manager Heather Alexander said.
Ms Alexander said poverty can affect anyone, which has been noticed in the community with the downturn in the Mount Isa mines.
“This has had a ripple effect to other jobs and businesses in town, but we want people to know that help is available to them in times of hardship,” she said.
Centacare NQ is aiming to achieve a collaborative approach with services and businesses in town.
“One of our biggest activities will be the ‘Eat, Pray, Act’ Dinner in Mount Isa which will be a free event open to all members of the community.”
“The dinner will involve many great activities, one of those being the services bingo, which will help make people aware of the services available in town they can access during tough times,” Ms Alexander said.
Centacare NQ is also running a ‘Mercy in Action’ photography competition open to all primary school students, and literacy events in Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Normanton.
Ms Alexander said Centacare NQ’s Anti-Poverty Week events are an opportunity for the community to come together, and inspire hope and well-being.
Other events are
Tuesday, October 18 – Family Fun at the Park, Normanton 12.30-3.30pm Normanton Park
Wednesday, October 19 – Cloncurry Shining Stars Literacy Event, Cloncurry, 9am-noon Cloncurry Neighbourhood Centre
Thursday, October 20 – ‘Eat, Pray, Act’ Dinner, Mount Isa, 3pm-6pm, Centacare North Queensland – 80 Short Street, Mount Isa.