August 2020

Homelessness Week Wrap

2020 Homelessness Week Series - Wrap Up

As we wrap up Homelessness Week for 2020, we want to thank you, our engaged audience and participants in the events across the week.  

Our two well-attended webinars, and the release of our joint project papers on health, homelessness and housing gave valuable takeaways to the community across the week.

Access and share the media and event recordings from the 2020 Homelessness Week Series HERE. 

As our final event for the week, our mixed-media competition for university students yielded some outstanding entries and helped to shed light on issues surrounding homelessness. We are pleased to announce our winning entrants, Trinity Liao of University of Adelaide and Rubayat Sarwar of Flinders University.  

Read their stories below.

Competition Winner: Trinity Liao

Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced), University of Adelaide
Submission: Digital Art

Trinity describes herself as a wonderful mix of contradictions, “I’m not always the most capable or reliable person, but I make up for it in grit and endurance. I’m introverted but can talk for hours if I’m with the right people. I’m a realist who tries to see things from other people’s perspectives, but you will always hear me encouraging friends to reach for their dreams. I love learning but loathe studying”. 

She is in her second year studying Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide. She is interested in working as a software engineer or researcher at a space/aerospace company, around innovative technologies and with collaborative opportunities.

Alongside of study, Trinity volunteers as a workshop volunteer at Robogals Adelaide, where she gets to teach students the basics of programming a mini robot. She finds it particularly exhilarating seeing engagement from young women and rural young people in STEM.

You can view Trinity's winning entry and read her engaging responses HERE.
Connect with Trinity on LinkedIn.

Competition Winner: Rubayat Sarwar

Masters of Business (Finance), Flinders University
Submission: Drawing  

Rubayat is from Bangladesh and, after working 5 years at the Central Bank of Bangladesh, has come to Australia to study finance under the Australia Awards Scholarship.

When asked about his future goals, he responded, “Having good experience in the economic sector, and theoretical knowledge from my master’s degree, I dream to contribute more and more for world economy and sustainable growth. In future, I see myself working in IMF/ World Bank/ Reserve Bank of Australia or any other leading organisation”.

Rubayat currently volunteers with the Red Cross and at the Flinders Community Market as a seller.

To complement Rubayat’s time studying in Australia, he is currently seeking part time or casual work in ether the economic sector or something that relates to, “my hobby and passion – drawing/ painting/ music. I believe I can offer my dedication, knowledge and leadership skills at my workstation”.

To view Rubayat's artwork and to read more from our interview, click HERE.
Connect with Rubayat on LinkedIn.


South Australian Living Artists Festival - DDF Award winner announced

As part of each year's Festival, the Foundation proudly sponsors the SALA Don Dunstan Foundation Award, which is presented for a piece which stimulates thinking on  social issues. 

This year's winner of the SALA Don Dunstan Foundation Award is Makeda Duong for her piece Mixed Race Sweater (pictured).

Read more about Makeda HERE.

Event Recordings

If you want to catch up on any of our digital events across the last couple of months, you can access them through our YouTube channel. See the links below.

Reconciliation Week Panel
Influencing our Influencers - how we can build reconciliation together.
This event featured the Aboriginal Pro Vice-Chancellors from the University of Adelaide and Flinders University, who discussed why reconciliation in higher education is so important and how it then influences research, government, policy makers and community.

Food Security Panel
How to foster food security in uncertain times.
Is there enough food in SA for everyone? As we look to focus some future work on food security, we held a digital event to discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the security of food available to South Australians. This webinar, co-presented with the Stretton Institute, featured leaders from South Australia’s food relief, education and industry sector.
READ our story on this panel.

Thinkers in Residence Panel
What's next for the Arts to survive and thrive?
COVID-19 has kept us indoors and has had a devastating effect on the music and arts industries. This event featured the Foundation’s very first Thinker in Residence (2013), Martin Elbourne, joined by leading South Australian arts experts, discussing ‘How can we work with communities to build new environments in which arts can thrive and be sustained?’.
READ our story on this panel.

Homelessness Week Series
With housing issues at the forefront of people’s minds and unemployment levels rising, 2020’s Homelessness Week was as important as ever. There was a special global focus with homelessness expert, Dr Nonie Brennan, who joined us live from Canada. A progress update was also given on the Adelaide Zero Project and its goal of reaching functional zero street homelessness in the inner city.
Global and local perspectives on homelessness in a pandemic
Adelaide Zero Project Community Briefing

Aboriginal Economic Empowerment

Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration Book - Now available in hard copy

In celebration of the 13 years of the Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration, we have created a stunning and informative book covering the text and photos from each of the past Orations.

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased, we are selling the gorgeous hard copy version. Funds from the sales of both hard or digital copies will support the Foundation and our commitment to Reconciliation in South Australia. 



Dame Louise Casey is now a Baroness!

The Foundation congratulates 2017 Don Dunstan Orator, and homelessness expert, Dame Louise Casey for being elevated to the title of Baroness by Her Majesty The Queen. 

Read more HERE

Interns and Volunteers

Our volunteers and interns provide invaluable support to the Foundation, and we would like to share their skills and experience with you. If you have any roles that you think they would fit, please don't hesitate to jump onto their LinkedIn to connect. 
Name: Frank Algra-Maschio
DDF volunteer role: Office Volunteer. Primary duties include assisting the Adelaide Zero Project and Thinkers in Residence team and grant writing.
Currently seeking opportunities in policy and research roles in areas that include foreign policy, international development, public policy and social justice.

Name: Rowena Garcia
DDF volunteer role – Graphic Designer
I have experience in graphic design and love creating tailored visual solutions that can communicate your message in a visually dynamic way.  
Linked In:

Name: Ed McLeish 
DDF Volunteer – Media, Journalism and Communications
I’m an experienced journalist who also specialises in creative writing and online content. I'm interested in any position where I can write! 

Name: Lili Rose 
DDF Intern – Communications
I’m experienced in content writing, editing, and I’m interested in event services and communications positions. 

News and Events From Our Friends

'Lowitja' - The long-awaited biography out soon!

One of our valued Patrons, Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG, has a long-standing association with the Foundation through our annual, signature DDF event, the Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration. Now, a new biography has been penned and is set for release.

The profoundly moving biography of Australia's most respected and recognisable Indigenous leader is due to be released on 29 September. 

Journalist Stuart Rintoul tells the story of the remarkable rise of an extraordinary woman. A rise against the odds and the injustices of her times. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people and an inspiration for many. 

‘Lowitja’ will be available in hardback and ebook on 29 September and is now available to pre-order below.


SIINSA - Social Investment Scholarship

SIINSA has announced their second social impact investment scholarship in memory of co-founder and South Australian Impact Investment vanguard, Mr Brenton Wright. The Scholarship award of over $5000 will be awarded to an individual to undertake a project which demonstrates the potential to advance impact investment in South Australia

Applications can be submitted through the SIINSA website and are now open.

For further information click HERE 

Spirit of Woman - Fundraising for the Place of Courage

Spirit of Woman is an organisation focused on reducing domestic violence. In a new project, the Place of Courage, Adelaide will see the creation of a public art space in the Parklands, dedicated to the victims and survivors of domestic and family violence and designed to foster healing through sharing, personal reflection, gatherings and education.

You can read more about how you can be involved or support HERE.

What we are reading and watching

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