I invite you to check out on the Facebook Event Page, Hike for the Homeless, hosted by Leonie Clark.
Leonie works in the Brisbane CBD, where walking past homeless people on the city streets is a sad reality that occurs daily. And as a woman of conscious, this became an issue for her so she decided to take action and do something about this. As an individual associated with Landmark Education, a personal development initiative that helps train individuals to participate and helps motivate people, Leonie has taken up this eye-opening challenge.
And her initiative is designed to benefit and help the organisation called Orange Sky, who she first became aware of back in 2016 when the young duo of Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett from Brisbane were named Young Australians of the year. Their idea was to help the homeless by giving them a connection by way of conversation, clean clothes and a place to shower. You can check them out and all they do at www.orangesky.org.au. You can even get involved, if you are someone who loves to chat and has time to listen.
Leonie's idea is brilliant and one that we can all share with loved ones. She has organized the Hike for the Homeless event that will happen on December 1 in the beautiful Enoggera Reservoir where, if you choose to participate you will hike the Araucaria Trail. It is a 5 kilometre walk that surrounds you with bushland, wildlife and more birds than you can count. The hike itself is an easy to moderate hike and takes under 2 hours, depending on your fitness level. Walking around the reservoir for a good portion of the hike is as peaceful and calming as the still water. Look around you as you walk and take in the life that is there.
Maybe afterwards you can partake in some of the other activities going on at the reservoir.
Leonie requests that before you hike on the day that you make a donation to Orange sky, which you can do on their website. And would it not be amazing for you to let her know how much you are donating before you go? Then on the day please show up early to fill your waiver forms and prepare for the hike. If hiking is not your thing maybe you could make a donation on behalf of someone else.
Orange Sky says for $12 they can provide connection, laundry and a shower.
Make sure you read Leonie's Facebook event page carefully as she has lots of good information on it, including the fact that parking at Walkabout Creek (where you park for the reservoir) is minimal so maybe you can carpool, or be dropped off and picked up later. You can even stroll through the interpretive centre at Walkabout Creek when you are done.
We should all look around us more and remember, like Leonie has, that all people have basic needs that can't always be met. Sometimes it takes someone to open our eyes. Thanks for your efforts Leonie and thanks to Orange Sky for the time and support they give.