Tak­ing it to the streets

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

HAV­ING started only a few months ago, the Beel­iar Re­gional Cham­ber of Com­merce is al­ready mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Pres­i­dent Greg Par­sons, along with about 20 oth­ers, took to the streets of Cock­burn on Fri­day to sleep rough and raise aware­ness of the home­less­ness is­sue in the City and outer sub­urbs.

Mr Par­sons, who started the cham­ber of com­merce in Novem­ber and started tak­ing mem­bers in April, said the sleep-out was a way to give back and be in­volved in com­mu­nity is­sues.

“The sleep-out came as a re­sponse to some of the lo­cal busi­nesses see­ing the is­sue in the area,” he said.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t as­so­ciate home­less­ness with the City and while it’s not a huge prob­lem here, it’s still there and with na­tional Home­less­ness Week we wanted to cre­ate aware­ness about it rather than not to do any­thing.

“It’s also good to give back to the com­mu­nity as a cham­ber of com­merce and it al­lows our mem­bers to get in­volved in it too.”

A range of spon­sors and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing coun­cil­lors Philip Eva, Lara Kirk­wood, Chon­telle Sands and Mayor Lo­gan Howlett, took part in the sleep-out at the Cock­burn Town Cen­tre park.

It in­cluded a mini-expo, a sun­downer at Cafe Royal, with funds raised all go­ing to St Vin­cent De Paul So­ci­ety Yange­bup, and a break­fast pro­vided by Cock­burn Gate­ways.

Mr Par­sons said there had been a lot of sup­port from small busi­nesses.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d485708

BRCC Greg Par­sons pres­i­dent and vice-pres­i­dent Richard Gor­don slept rough to raise aware­ness of home­less­ness.

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