PSYP annually participates in the Media Launch of Homeless Persons Week. In 2011 Lord Mayor John Chedid, State member Geoff Lee joined the HPW Committee for the launch in Parramatta Mall Amphitheatre.
All the activities in HPW have been established to raise awareness in the community on the needs of homeless people in the Parramatta region.
In 2011 around 200 motorcycle riders joined secveral hundred local residents and homeless people for the start of HPW in the amphitheatre in Church Street Mall run by PSYP.
Local state member and member of the O’Farrell government Geoff Lee was impressed.
“I think it is a fantastic initiative to raise awareness of the homeless people… I have put up a notice of motion in Parliament to debate the importance of homelessness and to congratulate you… on the great work you are doing,” he said .
Chips, President of the Kings Cross Bikers Social and Welfare echoed a similar feeling:
“Great cause great people, can’t really go wrong can you…bikers showing that we are not all that the media portrays…helping out as needed… each year you get more and more bikes, different clubs coming on in… great way to meet new people and do something good at the same time.”
Federal MP Julie Owens, who has been on the run for at least the last 5 years, made it clear why this sort of event is needed during her speech at the launch noting that every night 105,000 Australians are caught in the cycle of homelessness. In her opinion Parramatta has its share of this problem and the Blanket Run is a way many of us can help out.
“It’s one of the great things to do…It’s a great bunch of people and a great event…we can all do a bit even if it is a small thing, even if it is giving a blanket and helping out. Tonight in Parramatta 500 people will be sleeping out and its winter and we can all do a bit to making that better.”
Perhaps the Lord Mayor should have the last say:
“I am very, very impressed. This is one of the best ways to celebrate homeless week…this is very overwhelming…it gives people the true impression that bikies are about the community and getting out and helping the people that are in need of help… and all the bikies down here today, it is something magnificent. Our city is proud to host this homeless week.”