On Friday 13 November, the Knox community will come together for Vinnies Knox Community Sleepout. We aim to have at least 50 Knox residents sleeping out at this family friendly Sleepout event, a partnership between St Vincent de Paul Society Knox/Sherbrooke, Rowville Community Kitchen and Knox Councillor Nicole Seymour.
By curling up in our sleeping bags for one night, we can create greater awareness of this issue and raise much needed funds to change the lives of those who are currently experiencing homelessness in our community and assist those at risk of becoming homeless.
Homelessness is a problem often overlooked and misunderstood in Australia. Over the past five years, there has been a 30% increase in the number of families with children being assisted by homeless services. Most of the children in homeless services are under 12 years of age. Homelessness has serious impacts on children’s education, health and wellbeing.
This hands-on event develops participants’ understanding of the impact of homelessness and provides an opportunity to take action. Through ‘sleeping rough’ for one night, the Vinnies Community Sleepout initiative hopes to raise awareness of the realities faced by members of the community with no place to call home.
We can’t wait for you to join us at the Knox Sleepout. Register today and invite your family, friends and team mates to join you.
If you can’t sleep out you can sponsor a sleeper or donate directly. www.rowvillecommunitykitchen.com.au