Hailey Casey, of Hailey Sherrie Photography, is a professional photographer based in Toowoomba who focuses on capturing beautiful memories. Each year she aims to give back to various organisations through her work, usually through fundraising exhibitions. This year she has chosen a different approach. She has done a special project called ‘The Streets’ which intends to raise awareness about homelessness. It is a compilation of images and stories from many different people, from all walks of life, each with eye opening experiences.

This year, the organisation she is supporting is The Basement Soup Kitchen in Toowoomba. This soup kitchen has been serving those in need for 22 years. It opens every week day from 11am to 12.30pm to provide lunch. The Basement Soup Kitchen is run by BASE Services (which stands for build up, accept, support, encourage), a Toowoomba-based, not for profit, community development organisation. They support men and women of all ages who are homeless or at risk of homeless, ex-service men and all those with health issues, addictions or behavioural issues associated with grief, loss, abuse or trauma.

Hailey has been volunteering at The Basement Soup Kitchen for the last six months which has exposed her to the homelessness problem in Toowoomba. Through her interactions with some of the people involved, she has come to know firsthand how difficult it is living on the streets and she really wants to make a difference. The exhibition will be on display from August 1 to 7, to coincide with Homelessness Week 2016. For more information, click here.

Words by Rebecca van Heerden
Image via Hailey Sherrie Photography