Monday, September 30, 2013

Sleeping out for the homeless

On October 25th there is a sleep out to raise funds for the homeless here in Canberra. It is being organised by Communities@Work and St Vincent de Paul Canberra and Goulburn. Having been homeless myself, with my daughters, I am very passionate about helping and am really excited to be participating.

I would have loved to have done the CEO Sleepout back in June that St Vincent de Paul do every year, but it wasn't possible due to personal circumstances, but I am aiming for next year.

I set myself a goal to raise $1,000 for this sleepout. So far I have raised $255 through donations and by doing haircuts for a few friends and family members. I have more booked in, so I am hopeful that I will reach my goal.

I know some people think sleeping out is not that big a deal and doesn't really make a difference. I have been doing volunteer work with the homeless here in Canberra and I can tell you St Vincent de Paul sure know how to make their money stretch and even a few dollars goes a long way to helping the homeless. Things like this sleepout help raise much needed funds, but instead of it just being a drive for funds, there is a practical element to it, having people experience a tiny taste of homelessness, albeit it not completely real. Sleeping outside, even in a group is daunting, uncomfortable and you are extremely tired because you don't get much sleep. While there are more issues than that the homeless face, I know people who have participated in events such as this and found it a truly humbling experience.

I would love any support, be it donations or encouragement. Have you ever done anything like this? Do you have a favourite charity you support?

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