Fry up shines light on youth homelessness

SAUSAGE SIZZLE: NESAY staff and supporters including Marc Cowan, Joy Ware and Amanda Beach helped raise awareness about youth homelessness in the local area to kick off Homelessness Week. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

STAFF and supporters of North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) got together to raise awareness about the challenges faced by young people without a safe place to call home, when they held a sausage sizzle last Friday to kick off Homelessness Week.

The team rugged up before cooking up a storm, serving free hot snags to shoppers in the Woolworths supermarket carpark who were invited to make a donation in support of the organisation’s youth homelessness programs.

NESAY community engagement services manager Joy Ware said she was delighted by the support the effort received, not only by way of generous donations from the public, but also their interest in the issue.

“We raised over $533 on the day just from the sausage sizzle,” she said.

“The generosity of people within the community is amazing – they are really caring, community minded people.”

In the past year NESAY homeless programs have provided support to 155 young people aged from 15 to 25 who were homeless or at risk of being homeless.

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