Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Red Shield Appeal

I was lucky this morning to be able to speak at the business launch of the Red Shield Appeal in Melbourne. Actually, I was the support act for someone who has come through our drug and alcohol counselling program after 20 years of alcoholism. Two themes really stood out for me:

1. Change is possible. Even when we least expect it, perhaps when we've lost all hope for ourselves, given the right opportunities we can experience a new life.

2. Everyone within a community has a joint responsibility to care for others, particularly those most vulnerable. It doesn't matter whether someone has ended up in difficulty through their own bad choices or circumstances outside their control - we should still offer them the opportunity to help turn their lives around.

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