On Friday 25th of October Communities @ Work and the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn will host the Canberra Centenary Sleepout at the Australian Institute of Sport, Sport Track and Field Complex.
The Canberra Centenary Sleepout is a new initiative that provides an opportunity for the Canberra community to come together to support the services provided by Communities@Work and St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn to improve the lives of the homeless and those doing it tough in our community.
On the night there will be activities for people of all ages including a performance from local band the Steptones and kids activities such as a jumping castle and a visit by the Canberra Raiders.
The formal proceedings on the night will be hosted by ABC radio presenter, Jo Laverty, and includes an address from Anthony O’ Hara who has a personal experience with homelessness and some insights into the services of Communities @ Work and St Vincent de Paul through interviews with staff and videos of how these organisations change lives.
Paul Trezise, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn, urges people to get involved in this community event, to not only raise much needed funds, but to raise awareness of those in need in our community. “The Centenary Sleepout provides a great opportunity for the Canberra community to do something practical to assist those in need“. I believe that the Centenary Sleepout will allow families a glimpse of what life is like for those sleeping rough” says Mr Trezise.
Lynne Harwood, CEO of Communities@Work, says “This is a great opportunity for our organisations to come together to raise much needed funds for this vital issue and let the community know about the work that we both do in the community and how to get involved.”
Thirteen-old Seb Moloney, when asked why he wanted to register, said “homelessness was something he wanted to support and felt that a home is something everyone just takes for granted and some people don’t have one at all”. Seb and his dad, Andrew will be there on the night.
The Canberra Centenary Sleepout is sure to be a unique experience for the Canberra community and is open to individuals, families or teams. To make a donation and support those who plan to rough the anticipated freezing conditions visit: www.sleepout.org.au
Together we can do something about homelessness.