One night isn't a lot, but it can make a whole lot of differenceMany know Australia as ‘the lucky country’, so it can be tough to reconcile the fact that over 105,000 Australians are sleeping rough every night.
A certain stigma and judgement around homelessness still exists in our society; a belief that only a certain type of person can become homeless. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The truth is, life throws curve balls that can’t always be caught.
Every day, many Australians are facing financial and emotional hardship. Things can be going OK for a while, but a few setbacks and unexpected obstacles can mean it’s suddenly impossible to put food on the table for the family. And without the right support services, sleeping on the streets can quickly become the only option.
I am proud to be part of the CEO Sleepout again this year, because I believe in the immense value of the work Vinnies does every day in breaking the cycle of homelessness and instilling hope in the community.
At EPIC Assist, we are all about levelling the playing field for marginalised members of our community. We know too well that when people are down and out, they need a helping hand to get their lives back on track. Our charity has been closely involved with assisting the homeless community for over a year, and are proud to continue doing so. In early 2017, we commenced a partnership with Orange Sky Laundry to provide casual employment opportunities for homeless people; a number of which have disabilities or particular support requirements. EPIC also provided Orange Sky Laundry with a number of hygiene packs to be distributed to their friends on the street.
I greatly admire the excellent work Vinnies has done to date. Please dig deep and contribute to this most worthwhile cause.
So far this year I helped provide
Individual support programs
Funds raised over the years
You are a good man Billy, well done mate.
Bill, Great cause - understanding and experiencing what is a normal event for some of our less fortunate fellow members of the community provides us with a window into what they may facing. Well Done
Good luck Bill. You did choice the chilly option
Better late than never!
Be safe Bill...stay warm!!!
Neumann & Tunrour Lawyers
Well done Bill
Congratulations Bill on your commitment to this important cause. I hope Canberra weather is kind to you!!
Colin And Mandy Summers
Well done Bill, let us know how you get on!
Good Luck mate, great cause
This is absolutely amazing! For someone that has needed a similar assistance in my past what you are doing is inspiring and will help a lot of people! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help :)
Good on you, Bill. So happy to see good people doing great things they're passionate about. All the best
Well done Bill!
Hope its not too cold Bill ! All the best - well done
Good luck, hope you reach your target.
Hi Bill - you are very brave to do this in Canberra but it is a great cause. I think this will take you over the $5000 mark. Helen and Philip Duncan
Good on you Bill
Congratulations Bill on such a worthy cause. When you have problems falling asleep on the street just remember, this is because you are old, you didn't have a problem doing this when you were young and nightclubbing!! :) Make sure you post photos :) All the best Bill.
Lisa & Alan Fetherstonhaugh
I hope you reach your target Bill for a well worthwhile cause. When we see situations like this we realise how fortunate we are and all contributions are a small price to pay to give someone without a home a few necessities in life. Kind Regards, Heather.
A very worthy cause.
Of all the places to pick!
Mark Nicol/mdn Consulting
Good luck Bill. What a great effort...particularly in sunny Canberra !!! Regards Mark Nicol
Bruce And Diana Beveridge
Well done Bill. This could be good practice for the winter sleep-out in Edinburgh (next time you are over here) :-)
Hello Bill Your compassion is truly matched by your courage! Be sure to have a very large hot water bottle on hand and on your feet. Every best wish for success, Michael
Well done Bill
Thank you Bill. I hope you reach your goal.
Anna Von Drehnen
Good luck. It's a great thing you're doing.