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Footnotes Vol. 2
The Footpath Library is now open in Perth!
We are very excited to announce that The Footpath Library now has a branch operating in Perth. Clayton Utz kindly hosted the launch event where we were joined by 50 guests. We look forward to enriching the lives of homeless and disadvantaged people in Perth with the help of our great team of volunteers.
 
Learn more about the Perth Branch directly from Sarah by watching a short video.
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Courage seizes the imagination
To celebrate our tenth anniversary, The Footpath Library ran a national poetry competition for school-aged students on the theme of courage.

The talent of the young poets who entered impressed the judges who were struck by intellectual maturity and outward-looking curiosity shown in the entries. Find out who the winners are and view their winning entries.
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Ken Spillman and his fascination with India
Board Director Shane McLachlan and Kylie Pearson, Davidson High School's Librarian, who was the driving force behind the students’ fundraiser
What an absolute pleasure it is to welcome David Whish-Wilson and Ken Spillman to our team of ambassadors. With the opening of our Perth Branch earlier this month it’s a perfect opportunity to introduce one of them to you.

Our Ambassador Program Coordinator, Meredith Jaffé caught up with Ken Spillman to find out a little more about him and what’s behind his fascination with India.
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The Homeless by Ivan
Photography by Jan Sundstedt - http://www.sundstedtsund.com


Yesterday is just a bad memory
Today is slipping away
For tomorrow, I already feel sorry
This is the final movement
Within my finest symphony
Children – The New Face of Homelessness
Photography by Martine Sansoucy -  Http://martinesansoucy.co.nr
Children are emerging as the new face of homelessness in Australia. Children in homeless families are now the largest single group who seek support from the homeless service system.

While children become homeless for many reasons, their experiences once homeless sadly tend to follow a similar path.
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Shayne Francis tells us what it's like to be a Branch Manager
Shayne Francis (left) with Lucy Louca, Melbourne Volunteers Manager
The Footpath Library simply couldn’t exist without the many volunteers who generously donate their time. It is thanks to their tireless dedication that we can offer our services to the homeless community. [Pic: Shayne Francis (left) with Lucy Louca, Melbourne Volunteers Manager]

In this edition, we introduce you to our Melbourne Branch Manager Shayne Francis who explains why she has been volunteering at The Footpath Library for the last two years.
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Let David Whish-Wilson show you Perth in a new light
Photography bu Tracy Toh - http://www.tracytoh.blogspot.com/
With the recent opening of our Perth branch, we were thrilled to be able to welcome David Whish-Wilson to our team of ambassadors. 

He is a perfect WA ambassador with his latest book being dedicated to the most remote city of the world, Perth. Listen to him speak to the ABC’s Richard Fidler about the fascinating little-known stories behind the development of Australia’s fastest growing city and its suburbs.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Not so random acts of kindness
Copyright Karl Newson
The Footpath Library would like to recognise the sterling work of Narrabeen Lakes Public School. The staff and students have celebrated International Book Giving Day by collecting over 200 new and gently loved children’s books.

This is the second year in a row the school has been involved and because of their compassion these books will be distributed to our network of libraries across Sydney.
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I Am Hank..... I am homeless!
Board Director Shane McLachlan and Kylie Pearson, Davidson High School's Librarian, who was the driving force behind the students’ fundraiser
There's a fine line between having it all and having nothing.

Founder Sarah Garnett and her partner, cinematographer Shane McLachlan, have produced a documentary about a man called Hank, who they met when he came to The Footpath Library’s original mobile site in Woolloomoolloo eight years ago.

The aim of this personal tale is to provoke debate and change people’s attitudes towards homeless and disadvantaged members of our community.
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Liberation through education
Photography bu Ariel da Silva Parreira
For many Australians education is something taken for granted but for people who experience disadvantage and social isolation attending university can seem like something from a fantasy novel.

The good news is that through initiatives such as the Australian Catholic University’s Clemente Australia program that fantasy is becoming a reality.
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Vol. 2 - March 2014

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