Experiencing life with basic needs
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.”