The inaugural Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In at Kingsley outdoor cinema raised awareness of homelessness.
RAIN did not deter almost 100 people from taking part in the inaugural Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In on October 12.
The community event at Kingsley’s Galaxy Drive-In focused on the issues facing people who had no option but to sleep in their car.
Families, friends, community and business organisations braved less than ideal weather conditions with the rain, giving up a good night’s sleep to experience what it was like to sleep in their car.
The event aimed to bring attention to the issues that surround homelessness and social disadvantage. Vinnies will use funds raised to provide immediate relief to vulnerable people.
According to the charity, more than 9000 West Australians experience homelessness every night.
Participant Tony Pick-burn said he wanted to experience the night with his seven-year-old daughter for her to understand how fortunate they were to have a home when many did not.
“My daughter and I are tired and stiff but I think we are satisfied with what we set out to achieve, that in some small way we experienced what many less fortunate experience every night sleeping their cars,” he said.
Tony Pickburn, of Ascot, and his daughter Myah (7).