The St Vincent de Paul Society is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. In the lead-up to Australia’s national Anti-Poverty Week, which runs from October 11 to 17, the society’s Sydney regional council president, Emily Goldsmith, spoke to The Newsroom about the importance of early intervention.
Ms Goldsmith said breaking the poverty cycle required a strong government commitment, more affordable housing and drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, as well as assistance from support groups and volunteers.
Vinnies will host its fourth Rosalie Rendu lecture, an annual highlight of the week, on Wednesday, October 14, featuring 2014 Human Rights medallist Dorothy Hoddinott.
Ms Hoddinott will discuss how education and community engagement can empower young people to achieve success despite a disadvantaged background.
Ms Hoddinott has been principal of Holroyd High School since 1995 and is a strong advocate for the rights of young people, particularly refugees and asylum seekers.
The one-hour free lecture and Q&A session will be held at the Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney, at 7pm.
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