Milestones reached by Fleurieu Community Foundation

TEAM EFFORT: Peter Hanlon, Paul Shinkfield, Dawn White, Peter Lewis and Brad Butler thank Branden, Karly and Lauren Cousins.
TEAM EFFORT: Peter Hanlon, Paul Shinkfield, Dawn White, Peter Lewis and Brad Butler thank Branden, Karly and Lauren Cousins.

The Fleurieu Community Foundation celebrated a number of milestones when it conducted a Chill Session at the Rochfort Distillery in Victor Harbor.

Chairman Brad Butler released the foundation's annual report and also spoke about some of the highlights of the past few months.

He paid tribute to Lauren Cousins and her mother, Karly, who, together, had raised more than $38,000 to put towards the foundation's Homelessness Fund.

Lauren had her head shaved raising funds for homelessness in November, 2018.

"These funds have helped us partly fund an early intervention worker with Junction Australia," Mr Butler explained.

"The aim is to try to understand why people become homeless and to prevent them reaching the point of homelessness."

A forum last year identified that the homelessness issue was about more than just providing a roof over people's heads, as there were so many other issues that contributed to the problem, including mental health and drug matters.

Mr Butler said the program with Junction Australia, if successful, could be used as a pilot for implementation in other regions.

The foundation has recently hit a couple of milestones.

Mr Butler said more than $150,000 in grants had been distributed since the foundation commenced in October, 2010.

In addition astute financial management had led to the foundation's finances now reaching $250,000 which would help ensure its projects could be ongoing and were also available should a major project arise that required matching funding.

About 50 people enjoyed platters and drinks, while enjoying music from Maggie O'Moore and Hey Brother at the Chill Session at Rochfort Distillery.

The foundation's next fundraiser will be a quiz night on Friday, May 31, from 7pm at the Encounter Bay Football Club with proceeds being shared with the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay.

Bookings can be made by phoning 8552 3519 or 0402 279 807.

One organisation trying to make a difference for people who are going through homelessness is Whalers Peninsula Community Association.

The organisation provides a free bed for the homeless in the short term, until they can get back on their feet again and find greater support. They also provide meals and blankets to those in need.

There are more than 100 homeless sleeping on the streets each night and with Winter on the Fleurieu's doorstep it is an issue which needs community support.