Anti-Poverty Week, 15 – 21 October 2017


Anti-Poverty Week starts on Sunday 15 to Saturday 21 October 2017 coinciding with the UN’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

The main goal of Anti-Poverty Week is to: 

  • Strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
  • Encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

 The day was recognised by the UN in 1992 after thousands of participants gathered at the Human Rights Plaza in Paris, France in 1987 to honour the victims of poverty, hunger and violence.

More than a million Australians are affected by poverty and severe hardship. According to the United Nations extreme poverty is “a condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information”.

Volunteering Queensland encourages you to take part in helping reduce poverty by organising an activity or taking part in a planned activity organised by others during the week.


Planned events:

 Inclusive Communities Fun Day, Sunday 15 October 2017

Location: South Leagues Club, Davies Park, South Brisbane

Communities Fun Day! Enjoy Food Stalls, Education Stalls, Games, Activities and Entertainment. Free entry with lots of free and low-cost activities, food and drinks to enjoy.

Wynnum Connect, Monday 16 October 2017

Location: Safe By The Bay-Wynnum Community Hub, St Peter’s Church

Connect Event aims to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty, homelessness and hardship in the area of Wynnum. Connect people to available services and celebrate the connection and support within the community.

Ending Poverty and Inequality in Qld Public Forum, Tuesday 17 October 2017

Location: The Edge Auditorium, QLD State Library Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Bank

Guest speakers include: - Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute – Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) – Ms Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane – Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects.

Budget Bites Challenge, Wednesday 18 October 2017

Location: Muddy’s event lawn, Cairns Esplanade, Cairns

The Budget Bites Challenge is a cook off competition highlighting the plight of those experiencing homelessness in the Far North, featuring local sports, radio & TV personalities.

Can of Hope Campaign, 15 – 21 October 2017

Location: Bendigo Bank Branches in Edmonton, Smithfield, Westcourt, Lake Street, Cairns

Bendigo Bank branches in collaboration with Anglicare are raising awareness of food insecurity and acting as donation collection points for food. Donations of long shelf-life food will be donated to families who are struggling in Cairns.


Visit the Anti-Poverty Week website for more information or to organise your own event.