Official Charity Partner


Magpie Nest

Magpie Nest was created to show that we value the lives of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our society; that homelessness is unacceptable and that we must do whatever it takes to resolve this issue.

Around Australia over 100,000 people are homeless – more than 25,000 are in Victoria and the number is growing.

In Melbourne tonight, in the world’s most liveable city, hundreds of people will sleep rough on the streets. Many more will be forced to stay in unsafe rooming houses. Others live in cars or couch surf.

Magpie Nest helps the most vulnerable people in our community – people without a safe and secure place to live. People suffering from serious mental health issues, drug addiction or substance abuse, trauma, family violence, or disadvantage and social poverty.

Magpie Nest partners with the extraordinary social workers from the Salvation Army Project 614 Team in Melbourne. The program provides a network of support services along with safe and affordable accommodation for people experiencing homelessness.

Magpie Nest @ Hamodava Café at 69 Burke Street serves 3,000 free meals each week and is open overnight as a safe haven for the homeless.

The program operates 38 houses around Melbourne supported by a team of case workers that provide individual support and care, including links to mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and legal services – along with accommodation and employment/training assistance.

But so much more needs to be done. We need more houses and more workers. Increased services.

Funds raised by the Neon Run will go directly to Magpie Nest and to helping the homeless and those doing it tough.

Your help will make a difference. It will keep people off the streets and it really will save lives.

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