Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

THE fourth an­nual Sleep In Your Car night will be held at St Marys to raise money for and aware­ness of home­less peo­ple in western Syd­ney.

The event, hosted by Fu­sion Western Syd­ney and Plat­form Youth Ser­vices, in­volves peo­ple sleep­ing in their cars at St Marys rail­way sta­tion and the Ve­ness Place carpark on Fri­day, Au­gust 5.

“The event also aims to cel­e­brate the re­silience of young peo­ple and to con­vey a mes­sage that young peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness are home­less, but not help­less,” a Fu­sion spokes­woman said. “With good sup­port and ac­com­mo­da­tion young peo­ple can move for­ward and live their lives pro­duc­tively.”

Kim Ho­ran, of Aussie mort­gage bro­kers in St Marys, was an early sup­porter of the event and she wants other busi­nesses to get in­volved and donate.

“It’s hard not to get over­whelmed with the needs out there in the com­mu­nity, but for me ac­tu­ally par­tic­i­pat­ing makes me feel part of the so­lu­tion,” she said.

Last year $5500 was raised and the goal this year is $10,000.

Fu­sion’s event or­gan­iser Judy Tweed­dale said: “From the be­gin­ning, the lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple of St Marys have re­ally got be­hind this ini­tia­tive.”

Fu­sion is a St Marys or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to build­ing re­silience in youth. Plat­form Youth Ser­vices is a provider of ser­vices for home­less young peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to sleepiny­our­ or call Fu­sion on 8805 5900.

Adam Macken­zie (Plat­form Youth Ser­vices), Janet Castagno (Fu­sion Western Syd­ney) and Kim Ho­ran, of Aussie St Marys, will give up their bed for the night.

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