We gathered at the Peanut Farm Reserve to reflect on, honor and celebrate the lives of homeless people who have died. The Homeless Memorial Service at Peanut Farm Reserve, in Chaucer St, St Kilda is now an annual event.

This year it attracted more people than ever before, and provided a reflective, moving ceremony for people to pay tribute and celebrate the lives of those who have died.

PPCG Executive Officer, Karen Sait

Port Phillip Community Group is proud be part of this  non-political, annual event which gives everyone a chance to reflect,  contemplate and celebrate the lives of homeless people who have died.  The memorial aims to promote social awareness and commemorate our community’s commitment to social inclusion. The Homeless Memorial is put together and supported by various community businesses, members, musicians, elders, agencies and volunteers around the City of Port Philip and the surrounding area. The event relies on volunteers and all funding is sourced through local organisations.

The memorial opened with a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ and traditional smoking ceremony followed by a brief non-denominational service of remembrance. Those attending lit candles, shared memories and reflected on those they knew who died while homeless or because of homelessness. Local musicians – some who have experienced homelessness – performed during the event.

 

Robyn Szechtman with CoPP councillors David Brand, Ogy Simic, Katherine Copsey and Andrew Bond

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