It was just another Sunday when it happened.
It was just another Sunday when, just before 5.30pm, a much-loved homeless man named Wayne “Mousey” Perry was allegedly stabbed to death.
Through its horror, the event highlighted an issue many in Melbourne dare not face: homelessness and the violence that comes with it.
This is no small issue; there are more than 100,000 people considered homeless in Australia, according to the last Census.
Not only that, but those who are homeless often suffer higher rates of violent victimisation. Much of that violence goes unreported.
This cannot be dismissed as just another problem. We must step up and face the issue.
We must step up and say, “You’re one of us.”
In this day and age, it’s not ok for someone to feel disconnected from society. It’s not ok that homelessness through necessity still exists.
It’s not ok that this occurs in the world’s most livable city.
We need to say, “You’re welcome here.”
We need to say, “You belong.”
We need to connect with those less fortunate; it’s what we do at Telstra through a variety of support programs.
Because we’re all in this together.
Show your support by spreading the message.