THE ST Vincent de Paul Society is calling on local business and community leaders to sign up for their first ever Community Sleepout on July 10th.
With nothing but the clothes on their back, a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will experience a night of sleeping rough to raise much needed funds to help combat homelessness.
One hundred percent of the funds raised from the event will be used to support close 4000 Gold Coasters currently recognised as being homeless.
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Among the first participants to sign-up for the sleepout is 102.9 Hot Tomato Drive Presenter Luke Bradnam.
“I, like most of us, cannot imagine what it’s like to be homeless,” Mr Bradnam said.
“So whether you register to sleep out or simply donate, you’re getting behind a great cause and I for one am proud to be part of it.”
Vinnies Community Sleepout ambassador Rob Mundle OAM said he had no hesitation in supporting the sleepout after learning just how many people are homeless on the Gold Coast.
“I was staggered by the number,” Mr Mundle said.
“The homeless on the Gold Coast represents 20 per cent of the entire number in Queensland, and worse still, 27 per cent of the local homeless are children.
“I’m hoping a broad cross section of the corporate and general community will join us be signing up for the sleepout and helping raise funds. It is an exceptionally worthy cause.”
St Vincent de Paul Society QLD member Jim Donaldson is hoping for a great turn on for the inaugural Gold Coast event.
“We encourage leaders and the wider community to sign up and help to provide financial support for this worthy cause,” Mr Donaldson said.
“Every week we receive calls from people facing homelessness, due to a range of reasons. It is through the generosity of our donors that we have successfully housed 23 families so far this year.
“The good news is that the money raised from the inaugural sleepout will allow us to help more families to keep safe with Vinnies help.”
The Sleepout will be staged in the grounds of The Southport School (TSS) in Southport on the night of Thursday, July 10. The participants will rough it by having a most basic meal, then having only a sleeping bag and a sheet of cardboard for warmth during the night.
To register, lodge donations, or obtain more information go to communitysleepout.org.au