Groups get a taste of home­less­ness

South Western Times - - News -

BRIGHT lights, noise, hard floors and cold weather kept about 45 peo­ple awake most of the night at last month’s Apex Bun­bury Sleep Out.

Held at the Gra­ham Brick­nell Memo­rial Mu­sic Shell by the Apex Club of Bun­bury Koom­bana and ac­tion group Home­less­ness South West, the in­au­gu­ral event chal­lenged mem­bers of the pub­lic to step into the shoes of those sur­viv­ing on the bare min­i­mum for one night by sleep­ing with­out shel­ter.

Al­though not a fundrais­ing event, the $25 reg­is­tra­tion cost and gold coin do­na­tion sausage siz­zle was equally di­vided be­tween home­less­ness sup­port groups Bun­bury Soup Van and the In­town Lunch Cen­tre.

With the to­tal re­sult stand­ing at $2600, In­town Lunch Cen­tre man­ager Leanne Gibbs and Bun­bury Soup Van trea­surer Sasha Ni­cholls both said the do­na­tions would be used to help home­less peo­ple or those at a high risk of be­ing home­less.

Apex Club of Bun­bury Koom­bana Mark Hearn said af­ter the suc­cess of the event, plan­ning for next year was al­ready un­der way.

Stacey Hearn, Sasha Ni­cholls, Nathan Lock, Is­abelle Hearn, Mark Hearn, Leanne Gibbs and Re­becca Lock have joined to­gether to help the home­less.

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