This Sleep digs deep

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

IMAG­INE sleep­ing on the streets and not know­ing when you will next have a roof over your head.

This Satur­day, Manna will hold its third Home­less for a Night Com­mu­nity Sleep Out, which will give par­tic­i­pants a tiny glimpse of what thou­sands of Western Aus­tralians face on a day-to-day ba­sis.

Manna founder Bev Lowe said many took for granted the shel­ter we have, the food we eat and the clothes we wear.

“But imag­ine not be­ing able to choose where you sleep, where you eat, what you eat or to be sim­ply in a safe en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“This is reality for many Perth peo­ple and the num­bers are grow­ing.”

Manna is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­vides free meals to home­less and strug­gling Perth peo­ple six days a week, with the help of 200 vol­un­teers.

“Manna re­ceives no government fund­ing for this pro­gram; all funds needed are raised within the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Ms Lowe. “It’s lo­cals help­ing lo­cals.” In 2014, Home­less for a Night, now Perth’s largest com­mu­nity sleep-out, was launched to raise funds for the meals pro­gram.

Now en­ter­ing its third year the goal is to raise funds to pro­vide 50,000 meals to the home­less. The event will be held at Glouces­ter Park.

Ms Lowe said de­mand for Manna’s ser­vices “con­tin­ues to grow”. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in help­ing Manna can get in­volved in the Sleep Out in var­i­ous ways, such as pro­vid­ing prizes for raf­fles on the night.

To learn more about sponsorship or to reg­is­ter, visit http://manna.org.au/home­less­for-a-night-2016.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

Manna founder Bev Lowe at Manna Inc. Vic­to­ria Park.

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