Stories of Hope

20 Feb 2018

"Harry" , Youth Off the Street & UnLtd

Right from the start Harry’s mum did everything wrong by him. She drank heavily and took large amounts of drugs … whatever she could get her hands on.

Tragically she didn’t stop when she was pregnant and as a result, Harry was born with a chronic medical condition. He has severe learning difficulties and just can’t keep up with kids his own age.

Harry never got a fair go…

As a baby he was removed from his mum and sent to live with his dad. But his dad had financial and drug issues, so Harry was left without……without decent food… without clothes that fit him properly… and sadly, without the medical attention and therapy he desperately needed.

Soon, Harry’s dad had simply had enough. He packed Harry’s few belongings, loaded them into his car, and drove Harry to our homeless refuge. Harry has been with Youth off the Streets ever since. Harry needs specialised support to stand any chance of overcoming his traumatic childhood.

How UnLtd helped Youth off the Streets

UnLtd has provided corporate mentoring support and extensive volunteering and fundraising support. One of the key programs that UnLtd assisted with was the creation of an innovative awareness campaign called Lace it up, leveraging the reality that homeless young people sleep with their shoes on. Several celebrities and personalities have already backed the campaign. The cast of Home & Away, winner of The Voice 2014 Anja Nissen, Aussie boxing great Jeff Fenech, radio presenter Maz Compton, Sydney Swan Luke Parker and a bounty of bloggers and vloggers have all contributed to the campaign across their social channels.

The laces have also made their way into parliament with Minister for Health & Medical Research Jillian Skinner, Minister for Family and Community Services Gabrielle Upton, Member for Blue Mountains Roza Sage and others getting creative with their #laceitup laces during Question Time.

Read more about the campaign here.

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