Beyond #StruggleStreet: 'You are what you want to make yourself'
13 May 2015
'I came here 11 years ago and I didn't have much compassion in my heart,' says Bernie Bowden, 76, in a short-film by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
In the two-minute video, Bernie, a member of the Brotherhood's Coolibah Centre, gives his take on SBS's much-debated documentary Struggle Street while offering his own angle on disadvantage.
'I think you can counter poverty,' says Bernie.
The Coolibah Centre, a place for older adults who have experienced hard times, is one of many ways the Brotherhood is working for an Australia free of poverty.
However we know there is still a long way to go.
The short video – captured on a mobile phone – is the first in a regular series, 'Brotherhood Stories', where people offer their insights on issues of poverty.