Did you know that every night in Australia more than 105,000 people brave cold park benches, shelter in damp underpasses or rest uncomfortably in their cars?
Support Redland City Mayor Karen Williams as she takes part in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday 23 June in support of ending homelessness in our country.
“The unfortunate truth is that Queensland still has the third-highest homeless population in Australia with more than 20,000 Queenslanders – including Redlanders – without a place to call home,” Cr Williams said.
“Next Thursday, I am opting for a piece of cardboard instead of a comfy bed to assist those experiencing homelessness, and those at risk of becoming homeless, by raising awareness and much-needed funds.
“This year will be my fourth sleepout and I am aiming to raise $5000 for this vital cause, which helps to restore hope and dignity to those in need.”
Australian cricket and rugby league legends Ian Healy and Chris Johns have hopped on board by donating 100 car washing vouchers from Hoppy’s Carwash, which are available for sale from Council’s Cleveland and Capalaba Customer Service Centres from 17 June for $20 each, with all proceeds going to the Mayor’s fundraising appeal.
“Last year, 1300 CEOs supported this cause by sleeping out in the cold for Vinnies, experiencing one night of what so many Aussies suffer every night,” Ian Healy said.
“By roughing it with a piece of cardboard and a cup of soup for a night, I congratulate Cr Williams for again rising to the challenge in 2016 and helping Vinnies help those suffering hardship.
“We simply have too much hardship in Australia. Hoppy’s Carwash is proud to support this worthy cause and I encourage everyone to do the same and donate. C’mon Redlands!”
Staff at Redland City Council will also support the cause with a soup day, with Healy on hand to serve a range of delicious soups generously provided by One Stop Café Cleveland for a gold coin donation.
Help Cr Williams help the homeless by making a donation at her fundraising page via the Vinnies CEO Sleepout website.