Drive-in, Sleep-In to high­light home­less

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A VINNIES event at Kings­ley’s Gal­axy Drive-In Theatre next month aims to raise aware­ness of home­less­ness when sleep­ing in a car is some­one’s only op­tion.

The in­au­gu­ral Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In on Oc­to­ber 12 and 13 will fo­cus on an of­ten un­der-rep­re­sented num­ber of peo­ple who have no op­tion but to sleep in their car.

The St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety is invit­ing fam­i­lies, friends, com­mu­nity and busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions to do­nate their good night’s sleep and ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to sleep in their car.

Ac­cord­ing to the char­ity, more than 9000 West Aus­tralians ex­pe­ri­ence home­less­ness ev­ery night and 3656 of those are young peo­ple, in­clud­ing 1493 chil­dren un­der 12 years old.

Funds raised from the event will help Vinnies pro­vide relief to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, as well as raise aware­ness about the chal­lenges for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing poverty and home­less­ness.

Those chal­lenges in­clude lone­li­ness, fear and hunger, as well as bar­ri­ers to med­i­cal care, em­ploy­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

So­cial en­ter­prise ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Carl Prowse said the event would bring at­ten­tion to the com­plex is­sues around home­less­ness and so­cial dis­ad­van­tage.

“The Drive-In, Sleep-In event chal­lenges peo­ple to break out of their com­fort zone for one night to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to sleep in their car,” he said.

“Home­less­ness and poverty is of­ten over­looked and mis­un­der­stood by the wider com­mu­nity.

“This is a glimpse into the re­al­ity of what it’s like to not have a home and to un­der­stand what the im­pact might be that we don’t al­ways see in our busy lives.”

The min­i­mum fundrais­ing tar­get is $500 per team.

The Agency Group will present the event, which will in­clude a drive-in movie screen­ing, modest din­ner and break­fast.

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Vinnies so­cial en­ter­prise ex­ec­u­tive Carl Prowse, Rochelle Con­way and her chil­dren Reed, Rylee, Grae­cyn and Caed, and Tim Nick­oll and his son Harry.

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