From Geraldine Cullen, Social Justice Coordinator
A message for Waverley College families from Jon Owen, the Pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel.
Save the Date: Wednesday 10 October
Dear Friend of Wayside
Is it possible that in Australia people are born into inequality? Do we live in a society that favours a few at the expense of many?
Following the launch of Side by Side in late 2017, this year Wayside will host a long-table lunch and forum at the Bondi Pavilion. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 for this unique, interactive event to discuss the cycle of inequality in Australia.
Join us at Side by Side 2018 to explore what we can do to create a fair and equitable society. You will hear from special guests and as Wayside’s new CEO and Pastor I will share my own experiences in living and working among some of the most disadvantaged communities in Australia. It will be a highly interactive experience, where you and your children will engage in discussions and activities to dig deeper into some of our society’s biggest challenges. Let’s involve the next generation in finding a solution.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 12pm to 3pm
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive Bondi Beach
This event is FREE. Spaces are strictly limited. RSVP essential by 3 Oct here.
Lunch and refreshments provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
Please register an individual RSVP for each family member attending. Ages 10+. Once you have RSVP’d we will send you more details in the coming weeks.
We believe in bringing people from all ages and all walks of life to talk about the issues that affect our communities. We’re hosting this free event during the school holidays and encourage both adults and children over the age of 10 to attend.
Every day at Wayside Chapel we see those who have suffered hardship and disadvantage since birth. Children from lower socio-economic households do not succeed as often as children from wealthier households and these kids who fall behind, face a near impossible task to catch up to their peers, something that can persist well into adulthood. When society fails our young people, we set them up to live a life of poverty.
This event has been inspired by the much-anticipated opening of Wayside’s new social enterprise in Bondi Beach, the Heart Cafe, and the Wingspan Project – a new program that will return hope to the lives of unemployed youth.
Nothing of significance is ever built alone, we must do it together. We hope you and your kids can join us to ensure Wayside Chapel’s mission of creating community with no ‘us and them,’ continues into the future.