[Hpn] Olympian to work with homeless tent dwellers in Portland OR USA (fwd)

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 3 Jun 2001 22:06:00 -0700 (PDT)

http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/721074366/_k/Bn16UgyHsJKn5vrL FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - May 30 2001 FREEMAN TO WORK WITH HOMELESS IN OREGON SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Australia's 400-meter Olympic track champion Cathy Freeman will work with homeless people in the western United States as part of her year off training, a Sydney newspaper reported Thursday. The Sydney Morning Herald says Freeman plans to spend four to five hours a day working with tent dwellers in Portland, Oregon, which is the home of her husband, Alexander Bodecker. The newspaper says she was motivated to help the Portland homeless after buying a publication written by them, she said. ``I bought one off a vendor and inside the front page was a plea for volunteers _ and I was very excited,'' she told the newspaper. ``I went in to see the managing director straight away and now I am doing a mix of different things for them. ``I like the idea of helping people. I get tired of myself.'' She said she was enjoying the anonymity of Portland and had already begun exercising twice a day in preparation for her return to full training in Melbourne in November. Freeman, also the world champion over the 400-meter distance, lit the Olympic flame during the opening ceremonies at last year's Sydney Games. She also became the first aboriginal Australian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. (djp) AP-CS-05-30-01 1706EDT Received Id AP10115082D70FB0 on May 30 2001 16:13 END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! EMAIL Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***************************************************************