Tracy Everingham

22/07/2011

 
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To me the beauty of Sydney Homeless Connect  is seeing the joy in people’s faces as they have these lovely experiences on the day. It’s achieving these tangible outcomes that help people get onto the path out of homelessness that makes all the work worthwhile.

Tracy Everingham

Tracy is one of the founding members of Sydney Homeless Connect - a program designed to bring together people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness in Sydney with the services and support that they need whilst providing them with a positive day they will remember. This annual event brings together professionals that can help the homeless, like legal aid, housing commissions, employment bureaus, and countless other organisations that want to help those in need. The day also includes a healthy lunch, haircutting, portraits, animal care, free clothing, and even therapeutic massages. As the Head of Operations for the charity, Tracy is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the logistics of the annual event and also coordinates much of the day-to-day business of the charity. Tracy’s exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail help her to keep Sydney Homeless Connect delivering the work that she is so passionate about. This vital link in the community has been operating for two years.

http://www.sydneyhomelessconnect.com/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney
 
 
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In 2005, I decided to give all the rough sleepers in Brisbane a swag for Christmas, because I don’t think anyone should have to sleep on concrete or in the dirt. News spread quickly of what I was doing and I have been really busy ever since.


Jean Madden

After realising the negative effects of ‘sleeping rough’, Jean Madden designed the Street Swag made from lightweight waterproofed canvas with a high-density foam mattress that also has room for extra belongings. With school children, prisoners, and Aboriginal communities, Jean and her supporters have now bedded and given a basic shelter to over 16,400 of our homeless. Jean was the first Australian winner of the world’s largest design award, the INDEX: People’s Choice Award and the QLD Young Australian of the Year 2010. Jean’s initiative is about keeping people alive.

http://www.streetswags.org/index.php

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney Town Hall, Sydney