Sleeping rough brings misfortune close to home
WHAT would it take for you to leave the comfort of your warm bed and sleep out on a dreary winter's night?
This was a challenge put to the test by 45 Coffs Coast residents who braved freezing temperatures, wind and rain for the second annual C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out.
The June 10 event was held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium with dedicated participants raising awareness about the issue of homelessness.
Every night there are 105,000 people in Australia who don't have a safe place to call home.
Often, through no fault of their own, families face crisis situations that leave them mentally, physically and financially at risk.
Without support, these situations can quickly spiral out of control.
C.ex Group community relations co-ordinator Sarah Pryor said the sleepout raised vital funds for homeless services on the Coffs Coast.
"The money raised will go directly to the Men's Resource Centre, the Warrina Women's and Children's Refuge and the Jetty Bunker Youth Service," Ms Pryor said.
The C.ex Community Crew acknowledged the support of Laser Plumbing Coffs Harbour, Red Sparrow Tea Company and the Coffs City Rotary for their sponsorship of the event.
The fundraising total will be announced soon.