Many Canberrans are surprised to learn that the ACT has the second highest rate of homelessness in Australia*. By curling up in our sleeping bags for just one night, we can help to raise awareness around the issues of homelessness in our community.
Homelessness is not an issue that can be resolved overnight so we are asking Canberra to help us make a difference. The Canberra Community Sleepout is a partnership between Communities@Work and St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.
"This partnership between Communities@Work and St Vincent De Paul Canberra/ Goulburn is a great example of a strengths based collaboration that has a defined purpose of achieving greater awareness and better outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community." says Lynne Harwood Chief Executive Officer Communities@Work.
“We are working together to reduce homelessness in our community by raising awareness and the much needed funds required to provide practical assistance to those who are struggling to meet their basic needs.” says Paul Trezise CEO St Vincent de Paul Canberra/Goulburn, “The Community Sleepout is a great opportunity for our supporters to come together and grew from feedback we received at the CEO Sleepout - that staff, friends and family also wanted to sleep out to make a difference”
The Canberra Community Sleepout will be held on Friday 14 November at the AIS. We encourage Canberrans to put this date in their diary, register online as a team, family or individual at sleepout.org.au and support the Canberra Community Sleepout.
Canberra Community Sleepout Launch
Thursday 3 July at 10.00am
AIS Track and Field Bruce
*Census of Population and Housing 2011 www.abs.gov.au/census