A gathering that included celebrities, politicians and sports stars came out to support today’s annual ‘Celebrate the West’ luncheon at Waterview in Sydney’s Bicentennial Park. The lunch was in aid of the San Miguel Family Centre at North Richmond, a project of Yourtown (formerly Boystown). The centre provides emergency accommodation for parents and children; offering support, counselling and guidance to help families tackle the issue of homelessness.
Emeritus Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Kevin Manning, is a Patron of Celebrate the West. Bishop Kevin and representatives of the Diocese joined actor Bryan Brown AM, John Brown AO and Phillip Gould AM for the fundraising lunch. Families with children are the fastest-growing group of people experiencing homelessness in Australia, with 26% of Australia’s homeless population being families with children.