The event, which took place on Shrove Tuesday was organised by Caritas Australia.

The term freeze mob or flash mob refers to a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The events are usually organized via social media, text messages or emails.

Why did we freeze?

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Worldwide today, more than 2.5 billion people are living in extreme poverty. In the year 2000 our government, along with 189 others, committed to halving extreme poverty around the world by 2015. We signed onto the Blueprint for achieving this � the Millennium Development Goals.

BUT due to a lack of financial commitment and political will, our own region Oceania is only on track to reach 1 out of the 18 targets set!

We need to show our politicians that we think this is unacceptable. We need to give them a mandate for change, to ensure that as Australians we contribute our fair share to eradicating extreme poverty.