What a first year we had for Operation Mobilise. Over 50 people from across Victoria came together to make a difference. It’s with great pride that I look back, heading to the streets naively with 2 sacks of bread and an open mind to now look at how the movement has transformed. The heart of Mobilise has remained the core, to Mobilise the youth of Victoria to contribute the resources that they have to develop sustainable solutions for the homeless.
Last year I asked a couple of my friends to come out with me and talk to those on the streets. Along the way we’ve learnt that it’s not food or money that people need but is our dignity and time. We’ve learnt that the homeless issue is far more complex than we first imagined, but that there is such hope and resilience from those on the streets. They are homeless, yet not hopeless & further to that there are many people and organisations that we’ve met along the journey who are all on the same mission. Everyone deserves a fair chance at life, regardless of situation. Our aim remains the same, to mobilise together to contribute to definitive change on the streets while continuing to raise awareness about this problem through the use of our videos and events.
For our Christmas we had our biggest team ever, 14 team members, over 30 care packages distributed & many lives impacted. The most encouraging aspect for me was for so many people who had always wanted to help but weren’t sure how, Operation Mobilise finally gave them that platform. For me this is where the movement began, it’s a simple opportunity for like-minded people to get together and enjoy making a difference. There is often too many hoops to jump through and things to organise, but for Mobilise we try to make it as simple as possible and yesterday really reaffirmed that we were moving in the right direction.
So now for some news, in the coming weeks, I will be off to live in a new country. Obviously it’s with great sadness that I head over, but it is only because I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and the amazing team we’ve compiled that I know the mission will not only be sustained but thrive as it grows further. I will still be running the business development side, however Gina Kousal will now be promoted to the head of outreach for Operation Mobilise, I look forward to seeing how she develops the core of our mission.
For now a few thank you’s, to my team, I couldn’t have done it without you. My creative team, Jake Hamilton & Louise Salenga, always making sure all our graphics look on point and that we’re professionally represented. To our videographers, Chris King & Shannon Mcelligot – you guys are genuine superstars, I’ve always said Chris is a wizard behind the camera and its been a pleasure to watch these guys grow with the organisation.
Finally to everyone we’ve had the pleasure to work with over this year, Youth Projects, Lighthouse Foundation, Legend Project, New Hope Baptist Church, Blessing Bags, Humanitix, Co-Ground, Eventhead & Savers Ringwood. What an absolute blessing it’s been to have developed with you and been able to contribute together to making a definitive difference across Victoria.
It’s with sadness that I say goodbye for now, but it’s with excitement that I say – see you soon & watch this space