Hills Winter Sleep Out 2018

Darryn Capes-Davis

Personal Statement

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.

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