Did you know that the total number of homeless Australians as tracked by the 2016 census is over 116,000? This was an increase of 145% on the figures in 2011. This is while our economy has sustained substantial growth. These are the some of the disturbing statistic on homelessness as reported RMIT University's Professor Guy Johnson1.
About 7% of those without a home are living in improvised dwellings or sleeping rough. That equates to over 8,000 people doing it rough each and every night.
I admit that I have never slept rough in my life. Well, perhaps one night in a car when a bed at a friends place did not eventuate. To get a taste and to raise awareness of homelessness in the community I am taking part in the The Hills Winter Sleepout 2018. I will have a piece of cardboard and will take warm clothes and a sleeping bag. I will have nothing else.
I look forward learning more about homelessness with community collegues including Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne and City of Parramatta Councillor Bill Tyrell. While they have spent many years sleeping out, this will be my first time.
About this event
Join us for the 2018 Hills Winter Sleep Out
The Hills Winter Sleep Out aims to raise awareness of homelessness in the Hills and the circumstances such as DV, mental illness and financial hardship that can lead to individuals/families finding themselves without a roof over their head.
The Hills Winter Sleep Out offers participants the opportunity to gain an insight into what it would be like to be homeless and to rough it on the streets with only a piece of cardboard to sleep on!
This year the sleep out will be raising funds to support the vital work of Hills Community Aid who work with the homeless, victims of DV and those at risk of homelessness in our community everyday.
All donations/sponsorship money are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Thank you for your support.
The Hills Winter Sleep Out Committee.
Darryn raised so far: $3,105.00
Overall rank: 3/77
|Cheryl Sloan (Sat 11th Aug 2018 07:27)||Good on you.||$10.00|
|Tom Rubin (Sat 11th Aug 2018 07:33)||Well done Darryn!||$20.00|
|David Keenan (Sat 11th Aug 2018 07:34)||Well done, a great cause||$100.00|
|Anonymous (Sat 11th Aug 2018 07:53)||Good on you Darryn.||$50.00|
|Scott Cohen (Sat 11th Aug 2018 10:06)||Hey Darryn, Wishing you a clear starry night! Scott & Tracy||$100.00|
|SUAT DERVISH (Sat 11th Aug 2018 10:19)||Great cause! All the best!||$25.00|
|Melinda Tarrant (Sat 11th Aug 2018 10:34)||Great cause, good on you||$100.00|
|Elie GAKUBA (Sat 11th Aug 2018 14:25)||Thanks Darryn. Well done.||$10.00|
|Greg Davis (Sat 11th Aug 2018 22:10)||Well done. I am very proud of you||$100.00|
|Linden Electric (Sat 11th Aug 2018 23:04)||Good luck Darryn. All the best from the Linden team.||$200.00|
|Mathew Wilson (Sun 12th Aug 2018 03:31)||Good luck -||$50.00|
|Anonymous (Sun 12th Aug 2018 21:12)||A worthy cause that's easy to support.||$50.00|
|Mark Gluckman (Sun 12th Aug 2018 23:05)||Hi Darryn, Great cause - close to my heart keep Warm Regards Mark||$10.00|
|Keith Sclater (Sun 12th Aug 2018 23:13)||A great cause for support!||$50.00|
|Andrea Martic (Sun 12th Aug 2018 23:38)||Well done! It's a great cause!!||$25.00|
|Scientific Interiors (Mon 13th Aug 2018 00:24)||Good luck Darryn from the everyone at Scientific Interiors||$500.00|
|Peter Cameron (Mon 13th Aug 2018 02:20)||Go Darryn. Great things are done by great people!!||$25.00|
|Sean Carmichael (Mon 13th Aug 2018 04:05)||Best of luck Darryn!||$25.00|
|R. Ian Freshney (Mon 13th Aug 2018 10:35)||Stay warm!||$50.00|
|Tom Olma (Mon 13th Aug 2018 15:23)||Putting the body on the line. That's what I call commitment. Wear warm socks. Cheers||$50.00|
|Chloe Ngo (Tue 14th Aug 2018 00:13)||Great cause, good on you!||$50.00|
|Pete Lawless (Tue 14th Aug 2018 01:13)||$100.00|
|Malcolm France (Tue 14th Aug 2018 22:19)||Well done.||$25.00|
|Dale Swan (Tue 14th Aug 2018 22:49)||Well done||$100.00|
|Roberto Spada (Wed 15th Aug 2018 20:58)||Great cause! All the best!||$50.00|
|Anonymous (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:22)||Great effort to undertake this challenge Darryn||$100.00|
|Anonymous (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:40)||Love your work Darryn!||$50.00|
|Mike Baker (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:44)||Well done, Darryn, it's a great cause.||$50.00|
|Andrew Robinson (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:46)||Good stuff Darryn.||$20.00|
|Samantha Ginn (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:50)||$50.00|
|Jane Seaman (Thu 16th Aug 2018 01:54)||A very worth cause. Keep warm!||$15.00|
|James Linton (Thu 16th Aug 2018 02:11)||Good work Darryn||$25.00|
|Malak Haddara (Thu 16th Aug 2018 02:20)||Best of luck and stay warm!||$50.00|
|Ralph Mitchell (Thu 16th Aug 2018 02:57)||$50.00|
|Anonymous (Thu 16th Aug 2018 04:08)||Great cause Darryn, enjoy the stars.||$50.00|
|Marjana Curkovic (Thu 16th Aug 2018 05:45)||Keep Warm :)||$50.00|
|Jennifer Philps (Thu 16th Aug 2018 07:38)||Dae ye ken, ye canna tak yer waterbottle. Have fun.||$50.00|
|Najla Nasr (Thu 16th Aug 2018 09:40)||Go for it and good luck!||$10.00|
|Payal Purani (Thu 16th Aug 2018 21:25)||$20.00|
|Irma Villaflor (Thu 16th Aug 2018 23:50)||Great cause!||$25.00|
|Rekha Shashikanth (Fri 17th Aug 2018 01:10)||When you work for a good cause, mother nature cooperates in every way. Best Wishes Darryn, you are a great soul||$20.00|
|George Theodosopoulos (Fri 17th Aug 2018 02:21)||$25.00|
|Amanda Capes-Davis (Fri 17th Aug 2018 07:58)||Hopefully a good night for star gazing. Well done my Love.||$100.00|
|Leah Thode (Sat 18th Aug 2018 05:24)||$50.00|
|Maxine Morrison (Sun 19th Aug 2018 23:23)||Hope you survived well done||$20.00|
|Nick Pearce (Mon 20th Aug 2018 08:03)||Well done||$50.00|
|BioMed Systems Pty Ltd (Mon 20th Aug 2018 11:18)||Well done, a great cause.||$100.00|
|Chris McHugh (Tue 28th Aug 2018 04:33)||Well done Darryn - great effort and congratulations from all of us at Stiback !||$250.00|