Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician­s Say - By Mayor Clr Dr Michelle Burns

For the third year run­ning, I’ll be join­ing a group of Hills busi­ness and com­mu­nity lead­ers to spend a night un­der the stars in freez­ing con­di­tions for the Hills Win­ter Sleep Out.

The Hills Win­ter Sleep Out is a unique overnight event that gives par­tic­i­pants an in­sight into what it would be like to be home­less. It’s a long cold night with noth­ing but card­board boxes to sleep on, but it is a re­minder of how for­tu­nate we are to have a roof over our heads and a place to go home to at night.

Oth­ers in our com­mu­nity are not so for­tu­nate. From time to time, we have some­one sleep­ing on our streets, but gen­er­ally home­less­ness in the Hills is in the form of “couch­surf­ing” as a re­sult of fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties and/or re­la­tion­ship break­downs, as well as women and chil­dren es­cap­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and search­ing for cri­sis ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of North­west Syd­ney, Hills Com­mu­nity Aid, Lisa Har­num Foun­da­tion and Give and Take are the four char­i­ties that will be the di­rect ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this years event.

While I wel­come all par­tic­i­pants, it would be great to get as many peo­ple down to Main Street to par­tic­i­pate in the event. Even if it is just for a cof­fee from Hills Daily Grind and to say Hi to those brave souls who have reg­is­tered to rough the night un­der the stars for a good cause.

De­spite the test­ing night ahead, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the Sleep Out. I hope to see you down there. For de­tails: www.hill­swin­ter­sleep­

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