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