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Potoroo Palace working bee
The SJA friends of Potoroo Palace working bee is on this Saturday 29th January 2022 at Potoroo Palace, 2372 Princes Highway, Yellow Pinch Merimbula NSW 2548. Hope you can make it and bring along a friend.  
 
The working bee starts at 9.30am and goes till 11.30am. Please bring along hard rakes, gloves, secateurs, hedge trimmers, pruning saws, trug tubs if you have them. BYO water.

Snacks and food and coffee are also available at the Potoroo cafe afterwards. It would be lovely if you feel inclined to bring along something yummy to share too!
 
We are once again looking forward to supporting our local wild life refuge of Potoroo Palace and the amazing team that care for our diverse and incredible special, endangered native animals. Hope to see you there. 

Wendy Wait and Ann Wykes Convenor and Secretary- Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast – Forces for Nature group

and

Toby Jennings, Zoe Pentin, Jacob Shields and Heath Balodis – SJA Youth Climate Action group

Housing Crisis Fundraiser – Kate and Sam will be fundraising in January to help SJA to buy a small permanent home to assist with the housing crisis.
Kate will be spending an hour everyday in January walking the local walking tracks and picking up rubbish. Sam will be busking in Pambula, with an assortment of special guests and with all proceeds going to SJA.
Please sponsor Kate and Sam by contributing whatever you can to help us achieve this goal – every but counts!
Click on here to check out their GoFundMe and donate!


*** The It’s Up To Us! campaign has raised over $100,000 to date, with a huge thank you to Motorfest who donated $10,000 in lieu of their event, which has given a significant boost to the fund.
Keep up the good work. We can do this together.
Check out the latest on the work we do and the It’s Up to Us! fundraising campaign to counter homelessness.
Print a poster to put up in your home, workplace, community centre.
Supporting teachers through the sale of coffee.

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It’s Up To Us!

For more on this campaign, see below, or click here.

Monday July 12th, Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast launched It’s Up To Us!, a new initiative within the Housing and Homelessness Subgroup, to tackle the crisis of homelessness in Bega Valley.  

This initiative kick starts a building program for the provision of emergency accommodation for those without a bed for the night. Its goal is to raise $100,000 towards an urgently required transitional housing unit by the end of the year.

Homelessness locally has reached crisis point.  Referrals to NGOs for emergency housing has risen 230% in two years.  Volunteers from the SJA, working in conjunction with all of the Shire’s housing/homeless support services, run a hotline which receives on average a call every day related to crisis accommodation.  There are dozens sleeping rough in the shire each night but resources are limited. 

Read more about it here and here.

You, too, can contribute, here. Just select the It’s Up To Us! option when making your donation.

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HOMELESS

Awareness event
organised by our local service providers . 

Bega Showgrounds

Sleep On It

Music and events 4 to 8 pm,
then sleep out 8 to 8 am.

Postponed to 2022

ALL FUNDS raised go to SJA
for the It’s Up To Us! campaign to end homelessness. 

#### Thank you to Rotary Club of Pambula for so generously donating $2500 toward the purchase of our latest 22 ft caravan ($5500 total) — what a partner we have!

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  • Memberships are now due.  The annual fee has been increased to $5.00.  It is now very easy to join/renew online.  Alternatively you can pay direct into the Social Justice Advocates account at Bendigo Bank, BSB: 633 000, Account No. 157 357 567; pay at the general meeting, or sub-group meetings.   Receipts can be issued upon request to treasurer@sjasc.org.au

Best wishes, Dianne Beckett, Secretary
secretary@sjasc.org.au

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50For50 Dinner:

If you would like to receive an email letting you know about the next 50For50 Dinner, email sja50for50dinners@gmail.com