Drive-in Sleep-in

Wanneroo Times - - News -

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).

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