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Together we can feed more rough sleepers this winter

The seasons are changing and it’s getting colder. I’m sure you have felt it, even tucked up in your comfortable bedroom at night. So imagine what it’s like for the homeless. Their bedroom could be a wet and windy bus shelter. I’m sure you’ve noticed there are more and more homeless people. They are in suburbs where they never used to be. These rough sleepers make all sorts of places their bedrooms. A little while ago I came across a rough sleeper who slept on the roofs of buildings. “It is safe up there”, he told me. “No one ever looks up, so I can sleep without feeling scared”. A homeless woman I know spends all day looking for a safe spot to bed-down in a park. “It is really scary at night. I have to find somewhere where I am well hidden”, she said. Incredibly, I have even come across rough sleepers who were blackened with soot because they slept in burned out buildings for safety. The face of homelessness in Sydney is changing and we need to change with it. Rough sleepers aren’t just in the city now, they are in the outer suburbs too. So we are sending our food vans there, where the need is growing fastest.  Our food vans are now taking our nutritious meals to the needy across Sydney. In fact, these vans are even delivering our healthcare and counselling services to the rough sleepers as well. Their bedroom might be a park bench, but our vans are like their kitchen and family. I know that when you walk past a rough sleeper...

Give kids an Easter miracle – the gift of literacy

Easter is a really important time of year for me. Not just because of its religious significance, but because it reminds me a better future is possible whenever we use our compassion to lift people out of despair. That’s exactly what your support enables me and my team to do every single day, like the nutritious meals that stave off hunger in the homeless.  But what if we could intervene to break the poverty-cycle in the first place? Thirty years ago I realised education was the miracle that poverty-stricken kids needed to get new lives. I realised that an inability to read was denying many of these kids a chance at a better future. Ever since, I’ve been running literacy programs for children from the poorest suburbs. Thousands of them have already benefited! Now I’m thrilled to tell you that I am rolling out a brand new literacy program. It’s based on the phonics method – the ability to hear, identify, and blend the distinct sounds in the English language. This new program is even more effective!  Indeed it’s needed more than ever. According to the most recent data a total of 24,309 year-5 students are below the national minimum literacy standard*. That’s the national figure, so think of the proportion who come from the poorest families and most disadvantaged suburbs.  My literacy program directly targets the needy kids. We go into the most poverty-stricken places to give the kids the miracle of literacy – the chance to break free of poverty. The children attend my literacy program for 18 weeks where they receive intensive tuition. The program gives these...

My Days With The Refugees In Calais, France

On the forecourt of Liverpool Street station in London sits a memorial to the “Children of the Kindertransport”. The plaque says it is in thanks for the 10,000 unaccompanied, mainly Jewish children who were allowed to escape to England shortly before World War II.  The look on the children’s faces is one of grim determination, pain and suffering and in spite of all that a sense of profound personal dignity. We all know what happened subsequently to those left behind. Millions of people died particularly children.  Eli Wiesel talks about being haunted by the small frightened face of his beloved seven-year-old sister as she, with her mother, was separated off by the Nazis from him and his dad to what we eventually learned was her death. World War II was such a horror we hoped we would never see it’s like again. Ironically, World War I before that was supposed to be the war to end all wars. Racism, bigotry, extreme nationalism, we all know what that leads to: – war, death, pain and suffering. Yet we let it happen! We sit by and let it happen!  Like Pontius Pilate we sit on our hands and let it happen. Perhaps one reason we let it happen is because we don’t go out and stare that suffering in the face. We prefer to stay at home, read the newspapers or watch television and, out of our comfortable circumstances, make comments. Full of our own problems, we don’t want to look any further. Others prefer the abdication option. That is to ‘leave it to our leaders’, assuming they will do the...

Every kid should be able to read a Christmas card

We all love to receive Christmas cards. The messages of love written inside give us a warm sense of belonging, especially when they come from our kids. But imagine if that didn’t happen. Imagine if a child was unable to write or even read a Christmas card. It’s a heartbreaking reality that is going to happen countless thousands of times this Christmas. Thankfully, my Bill Crews Charitable Trust is working to improve the situation! We’re rolling out a brand new phonics-based literacy program for the poorest and most disadvantaged kids in Australia. I’m sure you know that being able to read is more important than ever for children today. In the past there were certain manual jobs that didn’t require literacy, but they have disappeared in this computer age. Now being able to read isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity of life. So you might expect no child would leave primary school illiterate. Sadly, that is not the case. For a variety of reasons some kids miss out. Maybe their home life has been chaotic. Maybe extreme poverty or illness has meant long absences from school. Perhaps English was a second language. Or maybe a child’s brain has simply been wired differently, meaning learning to read is like trying to program a computer without an instruction book. Whatever the reason the other children in the class move ahead and these kids are left behind. For over 25 years I have been striving to help these children. In fact more than 3,500 of them have been taught to read thanks to our programs. We are always looking for better ways to teach the...

Host your own Rev. Bill Crews Xmas Day Lunch

Was great to have my mate Karl Stefanovic visit us to see how we’re planning to feed thousands of hungry and needy people on Christmas Day. Do you want to host a ‘Rev. Bill Crews Xmas Day Lunch’ of your own in 2019? Simply click here to tells us where you’d like to host it and fill in your contact details. We’ll get back to you as soon as we...

Clash, the movie

Rev. Bill Crews’ Big Picture Film Festival is holding a special screening of the acclaimed movie, Clash. Event Cinemas | 525 George Street | Sydney, NSW 2000 | Australia Wednesday, 14 November from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (AEDT) $24.00 pp (includes a small popcorn) Click here to get your tickets. Set entirely within the confines of a police van, Clash dramatises the ongoing political unrest in Egypt two years after the Arab Spring. It’s 2013 and mass protests have led to the ouster of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood by the army. A series of arrests finds rival demonstrators trapped in a paddy wagon together under the threat of impossibly stifling heat. From this simple setup, a white-knuckled tale of resistance and shared humanity is woven that artfully evokes the political fault lines in the Arab world’s most populous nation. Get your tickets...