“I have loved it here,” say Clint Bolton, the former football goalkeeping star. “You get to a point in your life where you realise the most important thing is the relationships that you have with with people. Coming here, I’ve been inspired."
It’s all up to Steve Elphick now to get the truck to Walgett safely, a solid nine-hour drive. It’s already 3pm in Marrickville, Sydney. He will need to stop roadside somewhere tonight before pushing on to Walgett in the morning....
Kim and Hannah are here from Junction Neighbourhood Centre (JNC) filling up a van load of hampers at the Addi Road Food Relief Hub. Both of them have seen a lot with COVID-19 and its impact in the community.
“I think the real question you have to ask is, why is it that all this volunteer labour is providing this level of essential service and care?” Leong says, gesturing around the Addi Road Food Relief Hub.
A coalition of community organisations dedicated to the notion of a basic living wage is being discussed. With a focus on weaving an alliance over the issue with community organisations in swinging seats at the next election.
Those we remember at Addi Road, on our Honour Roll for Peace, range from a former prime minister to anti-conscription activists, Vietnam War veterans to musicians and poets, Indigenous Elders and human rights campaigners.
AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna to Rock n Roll)’ is pumping through the hall that Addi Road have converted into our Food Relief Hub. Chris Minns, State Labor Leader of the Opposition and the Member for Kogarah, is our guest hamper packer today.