What's your initial reaction when you see a person living on the street?
...Is it to say G'day?

On Friday 8 October, St Bart's is launching its inaugural Say G'day initiative in a bid to highlight the positive impact that a simple act of acknowledgement can make to the people doing it tough on our streets.

St Bart's has been supporting people experiencing homelessness for almost 60 years, and in that time has heard countless stories of their feelings of worthlessness when members of the public turn their gaze, cross the street, and make imaginary phone calls in an attempt to avoid contact with them.

But here's the thing...

Homelessness doesn't discriminate. No matter your age, race, sex or previous status - it can happen to anyone. At the end of the day, we're all human and we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Saying G'day doesn't cost a thing.But it can bring change.
  • Every night in WA more than 9,000 people experience homelessness.
  • Seven percent of the homeless population are rough sleepers.
  • But what can I do to create change?

How do I support the Say G'day initiative?

Spread the word!

Talk to your friends, family and colleagues. Post on your social media channels. Be sure to tag St Bart's and use the hashtag #SayGday

You can also:


Whether it's individual or corporate, we appreciate any volunteering of your time and skills. Please contact our Volunteer Programs Manager, Warren Nel at St Bart's and make a difference today.


$2 or $200 every dollar counts. We appreciate any donations made to St Bart's and together we can bring change to many West Australian's doing it tough.

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  • Picture this... you're living rough on the streets and everyone that walks past you averts their gaze, crosses the street, or makes an imaginary phone call to avoid making eye contact with you. Saying "G'day" doesn't cost a thing... but it can bring change to the person doing it tough. #SayGday @stbarts_perth Copy Text
  • People sleeping rough experience feelings of invisibility and worthlessness, largely due to the fact that those passing by don’t acknowledge them. We all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, so say "G'day" today. #SayGday @stbarts_perth Copy Text
  • Homelessness doesn’t discriminate, no matter your age, race, sex or previous status - it can happen to anyone. The least we can do is acknowledge the people in our community doing it tough. Say G’day today. #SayGday @stbarts_perth Copy Text

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