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.
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Acknowledgement of country
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.