A big part of Brotherhood’s activities involve providing care and support for people we meet in the bike scene and on the streets. This may mean be simply listening to someone’s troubles and praying for them, to organising food parcels, encouragement to find accommodation and employment and referral to drug counsellors and rehabilitation programmes.
One of Brotherhood’s most significant partnerships has been with Bikers Australia, who organise the annual Blanket Run to the launch of Homeless Persons Week in Parramatta. In 2008 a record number of motorcyclists —over 180 bikes— donated blankets for Anglicare’s Street Outreach Team, for distribution to the homeless in Western Sydney.
Anglicare was kind enough to provide ongoing funding in the mid-nineties for a team of people who continue to help homeless young people practically. The project was established in 1991 when rock icons Midnight Oil organised a fundraising rock concert at the Royal Easter Show for Brotherhood’s parent church Street Level Christian Community. A crowd of over 24,000 celebrated the Oil’s classics and enthusiastically supported Hirsty’s call to practically help the young living rough in Australia.
The money raised from this event funded the Parramatta Youth Project for four years, until Anglicare came to the rescue and took over the project.