Sleeping out to help homeless
SLEEPING rough is a sad reality for more than 100,000 homeless people across the country.
And with winter creeping closer, life gets even tougher without a roof to offer shelter from the cold.
The Salvation Army's Major Steve Metcher estimates that between 40 and 60 people sleep out in Coffs Harbour during winter.
In recognition of the hardships faced by homeless people in our community, the C.ex Group is raising funds for local charities with its Community Crew Sleep Out. The Sleep Out will be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium on June 10.
All proceeds will go to Warrina Women and Children's Refuge, the Men's Resource Centre and Jetty Bunker Youth Service Inc.
Last year's event raised $18,000 for two charities working to increase awareness and improve the situation for homeless in our community.
C.ex Group CEO John Rafferty will participate in the sleep out, along with Coffs Harbour Council General Manager, Steve McGrath. Mr Rafferty said those involved will experience what it's like to sleep outdoors for the night.
"The Sleep Out is an unforgettable experience and shines a bright light on the challenges that sadly so many people face in our community," he said.
"Whilst it reinforces how fortunate we are, it also makes us realise we can do something to help."
"We are encouraging everyone to register to 'Sleep Out' including individuals, families and businesses who even if they are unable to physically participate can easily show their support by sponsoring a team helping to raise some much needed funds and awareness for this worthwhile cause."
On the night, Sleep Out participants will bring a blanket and sleeping mat to the stadium, where a meal of soup, a bread roll and a hot drink will be provided, mirroring what people would get at a shelter.
A light breakfast will also be provided.
For further information, or to register visit cex.com.au or sarah.pryor@cex .com.au.