Homelessness happens in every neighbourhood, a sad reality the St Vincent de Pauls Society Conference Rosalie work tirelessly to overcome.
The Conference sees more than 100 people in need each week that turn to the conference for help are families with young children who cannot afford the rising costs of living. These are just part of the 296,591 Queenslanders in need assisted by the Society every year.
But to make a difference the unpaid members and volunteers are raising funds through a community sleepout aimed to provide a glimpse into sleeping rough.
St Vincent de Paul Society Red Hill/Rosalie Conference President Chris Cahill said that he Brisbane West Community Sleepout was raising funds for those in need in the community.
"We have 28 participants who have been appealing to their networks and raised more than $10,000 to help get those at risk of homelessness in our community back on their feet."
"We are asking the community to dig deep, because as the nights get colder, the homeless who are couch surfing, living in their cars or sleeping rough need our help even more."
"Last year Vinnies assisted more than 45,171 people in need across our Western Diocese, and the funds raised at the event will go towards the many phone calls for help we get every week."
"No one chooses homelessness but we have seen people from all walks of life who for any number of reasons are on the brink of losing everything."
"It’s thanks to the generosity of donors and our wider community that we are able to provide the assistance people need when times are tough and they have lost hope."
The community can support participants at www.communitysleepout.org.au to raise the much needed funds on Monday 22 June at the GPS Rugby Club in Ashgrove.
Registrations and donations can be made online at www.communitysleepout.org.au
The 2015 Vinnies Community Sleepout will be held on Monday 22 June. The aim for the Vinnies Community Sleepout is not only to raise funds, but to raise awareness of homeless. The discomfort of sleeping on the streets is a fragment of the larger reality we hope to impart upon influential leaders of our community.