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In 2019, the MB100 will be continuing with support for the Lions Youth Emergency Accommodation Centre and will for the first time be supporting a second Beneficiary ‘Smiling for Smiddy’.
Preventing youth homelessness.
It’s a grave misconception that young people become homeless by choice. For at risk young people, their lives have become emotionally and often, physically unbearable. Their home life may be burdened by the disadvantages of poverty, neglect, abuse, unemployment, substance abuse, health complications, disability and mental illness. This cycle of events cause some young people to feel there is no other option, but to leave.
The The Lions Youth Emergency Accommodation Centre (LYEAC) acts to break this cycle. In 1991 LYEAC was established to address specific accommodation issues facing young people in the Pine Rivers and Caboolture areas. Currently LYEAC, in partnership with IFYS Ltd, operates a medium term residential facility known as Clyde House. This 5 bedroom facility provides a range of services to children and young people aged between 11 and 17 who are most at risk of homelessness.
Clyde House provides the skills and education to break the cycle of homelessness in our youth by providing access to specialist external support including psychiatrists, educators and other specialists. Working on social skills development and conflict resolution along with teaching life skills including budgeting, cooking and hygiene.
Fundraising is essential for LYEAC to maintain the two properties and to establish the fundamental life skills programs that LYEAC wishes to establish for all tenants who reside in the LIONS Life Skills Centre. Currently there is no government funding for these programs. The MB100 acts as one of the main fundraisers for LYEAC.
When Adam Smiddy passed away in 2006, his mates placed a stake in the ground and committed to the long road to fight cancer.
Adam Smiddy never had an enemy in the world. His disarming smile, one that rarely left his face even amid the gravest of circumstances, gave his family and friends a window into the soul of a gentle, kind-hearted and unassuming boy from Home Hill.
In 2006, Adam passed away from an aggressive melanoma. He was just 26 years old, a talented triathlete and respected physiotherapist with the world at his feet. What started as a humble ride in memory of a mate, has grown into a wonderful series of challenges. A circle of friends, with each of you bringing your own stories and your own passions.
Over the past 12 years, Smiling for Smiddy has more than a million dollars towards cancer research at Mater. That’s an incredible effort, but there is still so much more to be done.
The Smiling for Smiddy legacy continues because of you.
It’s a long, hard road to fight cancer, but we know you’re up for the challenge.