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Wednesday 10th April


Couch Surfing Race

Be ready to race the best of the best in couch surfing!!

Darwin’s finest couch surfers will be coming together in an awesome showdown.

Be at Mitchell St out the front of the Darwin Entertainment Centre from 12-3pm, there’ll be bands, food and couch surfing races. Register beforehand by contacting Bree or Gavin on . or



Couch Surfing Race

For the first time in Katherine, young people will come together to race their couches and show the town how important Youth Homelessness is.

For further information contact Molly O'Shaunessy on  begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 


Alice Springs

Come to free Community BBQ

at Alice Springs Youth Hub to raise awareness of YHMD

Contact Bryan Hains at ASYASS on ()


Film Night Wednesday 10 April, 2013. From 7.30pm on the Town Council Lawns

Food will be available from the St Vincent de Paul Meal van

Showing the Oasis Film: Synopsis

Darren is the kind of kid the world has written off. Abandoned by his mother at 8, bashed into intensive care by his foster carers at 10, he spiralled into drug addiction and has lived hard on the street for over a decade. But since he turned up on the doorstep of OASIS, a grimy red-brick youth refuge in inner-city Sydney, with nowhere else to go, one person has been there for him around the clock: Captain Paul Moulds.

Father figure, counsellor, saviour, and an orphan himself, Paul is nothing short of a legend amongst kids like Darren, who stumble into OASIS at breaking point. No story is too horrific, no circumstance too dire, no kid too damaged. During his chaotic 25 years of service he has helped hundreds of young people deal with unspeakable childhood traumas, chronic drug addictions, mental illnesses, and all of street-life's other dramas. Paul is present at the birth of new babies and there to conduct the funerals of those who self-destruct prematurely. On the wall of his cluttered office in which many kids have found temporary salvation hangs his life's mission statement: "I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell".

Today he stops a kid from burning OASIS down; visits a kid in a maximum security gaol; deals with Darren having a psychotic episode; and picks up young mum, Emma, and her new baby from hospital, and moves them into his family home until he can secure suitable accommodation. Tonight he is forced to kick a group of boys off the property, sets up Owen in his first ever independent apartment, and walks the streets with the Salvos outreach van intercepting a 15 year old girl who has naively arrived in Sydney's notorious red-light district, Kings Cross, in midwinter with nowhere to stay. Tireless and non judgmental, his life's passion is to salvage this wasted generation from the wreckage of their lives.

Often it is hard to comprehend what keeps Paul buoyant when positive change is so painstakingly incremental amongst his extended family. But he's prepared to stick with Haley for the long haul, even if she has failed to show up for five appointments to book into detox. "Every kid deserves a 13th chance," he shrugs with a smile.

Charting Paul's struggle to improve the fraught lives of the Oasis kids, this raw observational documentary filmed over two years, is a tribute to the power of one man's persistence in the face of seemingly unrelenting darkness. As time unfolds, some kids pull themselves out of misfortune and aspire to greater things, while others sink deeper into addiction and desperation. In the midst of all the chaos Paul battles unflinchingly on to save these lost children, and reflects on his own past along the way.

This event has been supported by the Alice Springs Youth Hub, Alice Springs Town Council, NT Shelter, NT COSS, Alice Springs Youth Accommodation Support Services (ASYASS) Create Foundation, St Vincent de Paul and Red Cross.

For more information Call Caitriona Ryan @ Alice Springs Youth Hub on p... () | f... () |

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The Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) logo is presented by National Youth Coalition for Housing Inc for the purpose of marketing and promotion of YHMD free of charge for the benefit of the public.

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