Agent left out in the cold to raise funds, awareness
AS YOU lay in bed tonight, rugged up under the doona, or maybe two doonas, spare a thought for The Edge Coffs Harbour Principal Jason Burnett, who will be spending the night in a cardboard box at C.ex Stadium.
Jason is taking part in the C.ex Coffs Community Sleepout.
The event, now in its third year, raises awareness and funds to support the homeless of the Coffs Coast community and those who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The initiative has raised more than $40,000 for local charities working to improve the condition of homelessness in our community.
This will be Jason's second year taking part in the event.
"It was very rewarding last year to raise money for these very worthwhile local charities. It is mind blowing to hear how many people rely on these support groups and the amount of people in our local area who really need help," he said.
Every night in Australia there are 105,000 people who don't have a safe place to call home, and a staggering one in 38 Australian children aged from newborns to four years old have spent time in a homelessness service.
But with a forecast low of just 4 degrees, Jason knows it will be a challenging night.
Sleep Out participants bring a blanket and pillow to the stadium and the C.ex Community Crew provides a cardboard refrigerator box to sleep in. Participants are then given an evening meal of soup roll followed by a light breakfast in the morning; the menu is designed to replicate what someone would get in a temporary shelter.
"Last year it rained all night so cardboard doesn't cope with water very well, so it was more a wash out than a sleep out," Jason said.
"But it does remind you how lucky a lot of us have got it. Every night we're at home in our warm beds with our family around us. To go through sleeping out, it's a reminder how hard it would be to do it every night."
Jason is calling for the Coffs Coast community to get behind his sleep out effort and donate money to his cause.
"I raised just under $1000 last year and I'd really like to to crack the thousand-dollar mark this time."
Donations can be made via https://give.everydayhero.com/au
Money raised will go to Bridging the Gap Men's Resource Centre which is focused on creating a safe and nurturing environment for men and their families by offering advocacy, counselling and programs; Homes for Heroes, a contemporary Veterans Homelessness and Assistance Program and Warrina Women and Children's Refuge which provides services to women experiencing domestic and family violence who are at risk of homelessness.