Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life with ba­sic needs

Central Queensland News - - NEWS / WELCOME -

SLEEP­ING in card­board boxes and eat­ing at a ‘soup kitchen’ was all part of rais­ing aware­ness of home­less­ness in Aus­tralia when the Emer­ald Malkari Guides took part in the Queens­land-wide Chain of Card­board Cities on Satur­day night.

The Card­board City Sleep­out spon­sored by CQUniver­sity Emer­ald had par­tic­i­pants sleep rough in card­board boxes and makeshift shel­ters for the night, bring­ing only what could fit in a pil­low case.

Emer­ald Malkari Guides Leader in Charge Michelle Gray said 0.5 per cent of Aus­tralians (one in 200) are home­less.

“This sleep­over with a dif­fer­ence al­lowed us to raise money for Or­ange Sky Laun­dry, a vol­un­teer wash­ing ser­vice for home­less peo­ple,” she said.

The girls re­ceived a voucher they ex­changed for soup.

“Rain dur­ing the night may have damp­ened the shel­ters, but it didn’t dampen any spir­its ... we found shel­ter un­der cover, just like a home­less per­son would have to.”

Bree, aged 10, said it made her ap­pre­ci­ate ba­sic home com­forts: “It made me com­pare how peo­ple live and I re­alise how for­tu­nate I am to have clean clothes, fresh food and a house to live in.”

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