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Meet Ken Depena, the 80 year old volunteer with bite! Piously devoted to The Salvation Army since 1949, Ken currently serves as the receptionist at Salvo youth refuge, Oasis, where his old world philosophy of hard labour and abstinence clashes dramatically with the daily reality of the centre's wayward teens. Transferred from suburbia to the Kings Cross corps as a chaste young man, he has circulated in Sydney's wildest area for most of his adult life brushing uniformed shoulders with the drug addicts, prostitutes and transvestites that make the area notorious. It was all in God's plan for him. These days Ken's march is more of a shuffle, but his dedication to the cause is as fiery as ever.

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Dir. of Photography
Sascha Ettinger-Epstein


Ken Depena

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Social contemporary
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Shark Island Productions Pty Ltd


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Shark Island Productions Pty Ltd