Take part in The Rise Up Breakfast as part of Anti-Poverty Week and make a difference in the lives of women doing it tough in Queensland.

Anti-Poverty Week is an opportunity for all Australians to organise or take part in an activity to highlight issues of poverty and hardship on our own doorstep.

In Queensland alone, half a million people are living below the poverty line, impacted by social and economic disadvantage and the rising cost of living.

As part of Anti-Poverty Week a number of events will be held in Brisbane in order to raise awareness and funds for those living below the poverty line.

The Rise Up Breakfast Supporting Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Emergency Relief Services Red Bag Appeal will be held on Friday 16 October from 7.15am to 9am at The Edge Auditorium, State Library of Queensland. The panel of guest speakers will include National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds; former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Sallyanne Atkinson, and Director, Community Care and Inclusion for Wesley Mission Brisbane, Kris Sargeant.

Co-Chair for Qld Anti-Poverty Week and Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Executive Director Geoff Batkin said that when we think about poverty and severe hardship we don’t often think about people living in our own country, living week to week and going without basic necessities.

“Sadly we know that children, who experience poverty and transitional housing from a young age, attend school less, have lower educational attainment and limited opportunities for social engagement, which contributes largely to a generational cycle of poverty and disadvantage,” he says. “We also know that women are at particular risk of housing stress and homelessness due to domestic violence, wage inequality and health crises.

“Poverty is everyone’s problem and Anti-Poverty Week is a chance for all Queenslanders to engage in a conversation and raise awareness about the future of poverty in this state.”

Wesley Mission Brisbane has been supporting Queenslanders for more than 100 years. They provide a range of vital community services and programs, including emergency and housing support for families and people at-risk of homelessness, disability and employment services, childcare, youth programs and care for Brisbane seniors.

Youth & Family Services CEO and Co-Chair for Qld Anti-Poverty Week Cath Bartolo said financial burdens often play a role in preventing women from leaving a violent situation.

“Far too many women in abusive relationships stay with their abuser longer for financial reasons,” she says. “Many women do not want add to their hardship and harm by falling into a poverty trap and housing stress or homelessness. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children,” she says.”Women who experience domestic violence or flee domestic violence risk losing their employment and they risk a drop in income, yet increased responsibility of raising children on their own.”

To RSVP or book tickets to The Rise Up Breakfast email events@wmb.org.au.

For information about other Anti-Poverty Week events visit www.antipovertyweek.org.au