Sleepout poster

The aim of this event was to raise awareness and understanding of what it’s like to sleep rough for a night, whilst raising funds to support young people who are currently experiencing homelessness or are at risk of being homeless.

NESAY alongside some of our community leaders’ bedded down inside NESAY, finding a floor space for the nights sleep. This is mimicking the most common strategy used by a large number of our young homeless people within our local rural communities. They move around from friend to friend, relative to relative, place to place, seeking a warm corner, on the floor of someone’s house, whilst searching for an affordable and sustainable place that they may call home.

Guest speaker, Darran Stonehouse, Researcher & Lecturer, Community and Allied Health, La Trobe Rural Health School College of Science, Health & Engineering.

Darren joined us to talk about a research project that Suzanne Hodgkin and he researched and authored on Homelessness within the Hume region. The Hume region Homelessness Network in partnership with Latrobe University has just released Darren and Suzanne’s report on  “Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Hume Region”. This research report will assist the region with future planning and service provision. This report can be found at the below link:

Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Hume Region

We would like to acknowledge and thank all who wished us well for the event, donated towards the cause and participated in the part or full event. Our main goal is to get the conversation started and I believe we certainly did that! As a community we can start the conversation.

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the night. Donations are still trickling in and a final amount is yet to be determined.

Thank you to our sponsors who donated towards the night. These businesses and people include:

  • McDonald’s – Breakfast vouchers for our great participants who slept the night
  • The Lunch Box – Cakes & slices
  •  Café Martini – $30 voucher
  • Bakers Delight – Loaves of bread for the BBQ
  • Lips Party Hire – Providing us with the heaters for the night
  • Joy Ware – Bottle of wine
  • Kane Waring – Sausages
  • Bev Waring – Famous Apple Cakes & Ginger bread

For photos of the event check out our Facebook page –

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