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. 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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