Residents sleep ?rough? to help homeless



ABOUT 20 people will give up their comfortable beds and heated bedrooms tomorrow night in an attempt to understand the plight of local homeless people.

The camp out is hoped to raise about $10,000 for the Gladstone Men's Shelter Committee which has been trying for years to build a local short term accommodation facility to house those in need.

Men's Shelter Committee spokesperson Judy Whicker said the night was designed to raise the public's awareness of the homeless issue.

'We're just trying to let people know that there are homeless people out there and we're getting out of our comfort zone for the cause,' Ms Whicker said.

Ms Whicker said the committee sent between 60 and 70 invitations to locals asking them to take part in the event.

She added that a number of residents who were not sent invitations also put up their hand to take part in the event, indicating the support the cause was gaining.

The sleep out will begin at 6pm in the Country Plaza courtyard in Goondoon Street, with more par-ticipants and donations welcome throughout the event.



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