Helping people in need
Dr John Brabant's Carevan empowers the less advantaged
The founder of Carevan, Dr John Brabant has worked as an orthodontist in rural Australia for almost 30 years. After reading an article in the Border Mail entitled "It's easier to turn away than to care" about the homeless and the disadvantaged people in Albury Wodonga and Northern Victoria, he decided to take action.
The Carevan in Albury Wodonga has become the ultimate symbol of a caring community united in the fight against hunger and poverty.
Carevan creates community and fights poverty
The Carevan Foundation aims to create a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement in those less advantaged in our society. The Foundation is focused on changing "us" and "them" to become "we".
After almost a year, the Carevan in Albury Wodonga has become an icon, a symbol that this community cares, and that a community through a strong volunteer network can fight hunger and poverty. "Sometimes a feeling from the heart becomes a jigsaw puzzle that is meant to be put together". Carevan runs a number of programmes to support its cause. If you would like to help, you can support Carevan with donations or become a volunteer.
Partnering with many
The Carevan Foundation aims to establish partnerships with the Australian Government, State Governments, non-government organisations, businesses and community groups.
A further aim is to raise awareness for poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Foundation will work with groups representing youth, indigenous, women, men, disabled and multi-cultural areas including the encouragement of representatives at a grass-roots level to contribute. The Carevan is accessible to all agencies, groups and organisations committed to the fight against homelessness.