Bishop's Appeal for Anglicare Thu 16th of April

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Dear Friends,

Most of us have fairly comfortable lives, but there are an estimated 35,000 people in our region who live below the poverty line. Life can be really tough for people living with unemployment or under-employment.

My annual Anglicare Appeal aims to make it possible for ordinary people like you and me to help make a difference in the lives of those who live with constant disadvantage. In Ballarat Diocese, Anglicare programs are small, people to people structures that make a real and immediate difference to the quality of life of some of our most disadvantaged neighbours.

The Western Vic HAS Winners youth engagement program, for example, is all about helping develop young people so that they can take a new level of responsibility and independence as they seek to build better futures for themselves and their communities.

I urge you to be generous in your support for this Appeal. All money raised will be used in our region. You and your church community can make a real difference to peoples' quality of life today and into the future.

Yours sincerely,

+Garry Weatherill
Bishop of Ballarat


How does poverty impact the broader community?

* 2,265,000 people in Australia live below the poverty line (Poverty in Australia, 2013 ACOSS).

* 1 in 200 people are Homeless (Homeless Australia 2014).

* Over a million lower income households are paying more than 30% of household income for accommodation (ACOSS).

* Rental affordability: Less than 1% of rental properties are affordable for anyone on a government payment (Anglicare Australia 2014).

In our community we see many social issues including lack of aspiration amongst youth, obesity, long-term unemployment, many people with health problems, poor life skills and many in need of food and basic supplies.

What are we doing?

In partnership with parishes across the Diocese of Ballarat, Anglicare have over 30 projects aimed at meeting important community needs. These include:

* 2 School breakfast programs
* 2 Emergency Relief Centres
* The Get Out For Good program to support former prisoners
* 1 Drop-in centre
* 3 Christmas and mid-winter food and toy hamper programs
* Casserole bank for patients
* Community breakfast program for the homeless
* 5 Lego Brick Clubs
* Western Vic HAS Winners Youth engagement program - Ararat, Stawell and Horsham region.

Make a difference

If you would like to make a donation, please send it to:

The Bishop of Ballarat's Anglicare Appeal
PO Box 89
Ballarat. 3353

Or drop it into:
The Diocesan Centre
49 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

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