This Sleep digs deep
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.
Manna founder Bev Lowe at Manna Inc. Victoria Park.