I thought I’d share a little bit about myself, and some of the reasons why I decided to create the “Winter Warm Project”. So here goes… 🙂
I was born and raised in Norway in a small town where everyone knows everyone…or everyone knows someone you’re related to…or someone you know is related to someone else…or… You get the picture 🙂
I LOVED growing up in that community. It’s loving and respectful, and I always know that people will support each other and help each other if ever there should be the need for it.
Growing up in such a community -and within my loving family- I learned how rewarding it is to give of myself and to help others. I also learned how helping others is actually helping myself in the most profound way.
Migrating to Australia at the age of 20, offered many challenges. I left my family and friends, my community, and my work behind, and I moved to a country across the world with only a suitcase and a heart full of adventure.
Why The Homeless?
When I was at school when I was about 13-14 years old, I remember receiving visits from recovered drug addicts at my school. They would tell us about their childhoods, how they got into drugs, how they lived on the street, begging and sometimes robbing people, and how their lives had become completely consumed by their addiction.
They were, of course, invited to speak to us in order to prevent us from going down that same path…but their stories touched me deeply. I started thinking; How can I help them? How can I help prevent this happening to anyone else?
That’s how it started – I’ve been helping ever since – and that’s why the “Winter Warm Project” has come to fruision.