The folk of the Hutt St Centre really are a pack of extraordinarily good blokes, regardless of their actual genders. Day in and day out they’re hard at work providing an invaluable resource to Adelaide’s oft-neglected homeless population, adding up to approximately 6000 people every year.
On Friday the 31st of July, the Hutt Street Centre ran their seventh annual walk a mile in my boots fundraiser in McLaren Vale, an event that gives ordinary, but really rather exceptional, members of the community the chance to demonstrate their compassion through standing (or rather walking) behind a truly great cause. The event is one of many similar ones taking place around the country as part of National Homelessness Prevention Week, and is the largest of its type in Australia, thanks in no small part to the enthusiastic efforts of the locals of Greater Adelaide.
The event calls for Radelaidians like you and I to ‘walk a mile’ to inspire an appreciation of the plight of Adelaide’s homeless, around 200 of whom require support from the Hutt St Centre each day. Approximately 240 people braved the early morning’s winter chill in McLaren Vale on Friday as a gesture of their commitment to supporting South Australia’s homeless population. Exhibiting an even more impressive level of commitment were the Willunga Wanderers, a group of around 20 hard-working, hard-walkers who covered the entire 30 mile distance from Willunga to the Hutt St Centre in Adelaide city (that’s just over 48 kilometres!).
Despite undertaking on foot a distance I grimace at when travelling by car, the team was all smiles throughout the day, buoyed by the knowledge that they had already raised over $40,000 dollars between them, a truly dazzling sum.
This money will be used to continue providing the extraordinary range of services that the Hutt St Centre provides, dishing up over 50,000 meals each year to those in need, as well as providing basic needs such as bathroom, laundry and locker facilities, housing assistance, medical and social support and educational opportunities. In doing so, the Hutt St Centre facilitate the important ‘next steps’ of South Australia’s homeless, effectively changing lives for the better.
While the champs of the McLaren Vale region may be nursing their blisters and having a well-deserved rest right now, the tireless team over at the Hutt St Centre are soldiering on, gearing up for the Adelaide Walk A Mile In My Boots event on this coming Friday the 7th of August, starting in Victoria Park. This Is Radelaide strongly urge anyone who can spare an hour this Friday morning to Walk A Mile, and to Go The Extra Mile by sharing their fundraising page to social media. Seldom is the chance to do some serious good - literally a walk in the park!
Even if you're unable to participate, go ahead and donate to the cause here.
Friday 7th of August, 7.30am, Adelaide.
Friday 14th of August, 7.30am, Barossa Valley
Header image via huttstcentre.org.au