School’s car park sleep-out
A school class project has snowballed into a public sleepover.
Up to 100 people have so far registered to sleep in their cars for Friday night’s Park Up Palmy in the Salvation Army car park, many through the ‘park up for homes: Palmy’ Facebook page.
That’s enough to spill over onto the Gallery car park across the intersection.
The Park Up originated after Ross Intermediate School student Carly Atkin, 12, became concerned by the lack of respect and understanding shown towards the homeless.
‘‘They’re saying that it was their own fault. I talked to the Salvation Army and did quite a bit of research online ... about the rate of homelessness and how serious it was,’’ Carly said.
‘‘It evolved into something much bigger than what it started out as.’’
The young organisers have been mentored in risk analysis along with health and safety issues by Heather Warren from the Tertiary Education Union.
Along with security, the children have arranged food donations, a favourite soup competition, breakfast, games, musicians - including the Salvation Army Band, and a bedtime storyteller.
Participation is by koha .