Australia Day Council – In Conversation with Change Makers

On Tuesday 16 October, students and staff had an early morning start for the Australia Day Council ‘In Conversation with Change Makers’. With close 500 people in attendance, many were touched deeply by the personal stories shared by keynote speakers Corey White and Taryn Brumfitt and Australia Day Council award-winners Arman Abrahimzadeh and Sarah Gun. The inspiration and insight these advocates contributed have helped change the conversations about homelessness and family violence.

Students shared their thoughts and opinions about attending the breakfast.

A thought-provoking and inspiring event, which raised money for a good cause!” – Joaquin

The breakfast was a fantastic eye-opening experience which made me realize that I have the ability to help anyone. And, hearing people’s experiences with drug addiction, homelessness and abuse really made me want to make a difference.– Rachel

I think it was a valuable experience to hear from the presenters with powerful stories, it was inspiring to learn about how they devote themselves to making changes in society and helping others. Their talks have improved my understanding of homelessness and domestic violence, and made me feel that there is more I can do for people in need. – Yufei

Hutt St Centre
Homelessness can and does happen to anyone. Hutt St Centre is a place of hope and opportunity, helping people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives without judgement. Each year Hutt St Centre serves over 40,000 meals and offers social work and support services to nearly 2000 people. Showers, laundry facilities, visiting health professionals, recreation activities, education and training, legal aid and assistance with finding housing are all services provided to the many who visit Hutt St Centre each year.

To make a donation to Hutt St Centre, please visit:

Catherine House
‘In Conversation with change makers’ highlighted the complexities of homelessness, domestic violence and mental illness. This is something our clients struggle with on a daily basis. Raising awareness for these issues as well as supporting Catherine House means that we can continue to not only provide emergency accommodation and support, but to provide women with the time they need to recover, the tools they need to start rebuilding their lives and the confidence and belief in themselves to move forward.

To make a donation to Catherine House, please visit:

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