From Fusion Canberra
Homelessness is a complex and little understood issue. Did you know that 94% of those who are homeless aren’t living on the streets? While it is good to know that these 94% aren’t on the streets, it means that the issue remains very much hidden.
Sleep in Your Car is all about shining a light on the issue of hidden youth homelessness. So where are these people living? They are in cars, caravans, accommodation services, friends couches, overcrowded dwellings and spare rooms.
Often people are homeless through no fault of their own… domestic violence, financial hardship, mental health conditions and many more reasons. We also know that if you are homeless during adolescence you are much more likely to be homeless later in life.
This is also why Fusion Australia are holding the event during national Homelessness Prevention Week 3-9th August (www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au) to work alongside other great organisations and events working to ‘step up to end homelessness’.
What can you do to help?
- Register and join me by going to www.sleepinyourcar.com.au and choosing the Canberra event. You can either sleep in a car or a cardboard box! You can come to Canberra College where we are holding the official event or you can do it at home, a friends place, your church, wherever!
- Can’t join the Canberra event or one of the other locations? No worries! Why don’t you organise a group of friends and host your own event? You still need to select a location when you register, as that’s where all the funds you raise will go to. Please note, in running your own event, you understand that Fusion isn’t responsible for it and that you won’t be covered by Fusion’s insurance. For more information go to http://www.sleepinyourcar.com.au/more-information/
- If you can’t sleep rough for whatever reason you can support those who are by making a donation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Your involvement will make a REAL difference by supporting Fusion’s preventative youth programs and supporting MissionWorx (www.missionworx.org.au), a fantastic organisation supporting the homeless in Canberra.
Thanks for caring for those in need.
Brenton Reimann Team Leader Fusion Canberra
P.S. Don’t forget to like the Sleep in Your Car facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/sleepinyourcar