Last Friday night I was in promo gear in the city raising money for febfast (which seemed a striking contrast to the Midori promo gear I used to wear on Friday nights ten years ago [stop judging me]).
We made $2200 on the night and I survived the month off booze (with difficulty, I should add).
I received many donations to my own Febfast campaign throughout the month and was really touched by people’s generosity.
At the moment, I am wrapping up data collection for a project which is seeking to document young people’s views on what sorts of services are most effective for them. A dominant theme that has come up in many of my focus groups has been that they like services where there is food because it means they will get to eat on the day that they go there.
These are teenagers, in Melbourne. They are hungry.
For fuck’s sake.
These young people told me about the difficulty that arises when a service is closed two days in a row--that means they have to wait three days until they eat.
Sometimes they steal food to get them through, they told me guiltily.
They feel guilty for stealing food when the actual guilt ought to be at the feet of the society which enables this.
YSAS are a beneficiary of Febfast funds and the money raised by staff is hypothecated back to their site. I am going to propose that the money that friends and strangers donated to me be used to alleviate the hunger of these young people, if only temporarily. So if you donated to me, that’s where your money is going.
A massive thanks to all who sponsored me along the way.
In total, Febfast have made over $1m this year. I think you can still donate until the end of March, so I don’t have a final figure just yet.
(If you are so inclined, the place to donate is here )