Local, Independant and Effective

2017 Carevan Corporate Sleep Out

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan will again pack her swag and sleeping bag for the 2017 Carevan Corporate Sleep Out at the Wodonga Racecourse tomorrow night.  Joined by representatives from local businesses and organisations, Cathy will use this opportunity to raise awareness for people experiencing homelessness as part of National Homelessness Week which begins on 7 August.

Ms McGowan said the problem is an ongoing one and supporting volunteer organisations like Carevan goes a long way to addressing the need.

“This is not just a city problem, we have an increasing number of homeless people in our communities who are sleeping rough and struggling to find accommodation,” Ms McGowan said.

“It shouldn’t just be left to our church groups and volunteer organisations to do the heavy lifting; it needs to be undertaken across the community to have a meaningful impact.” 

Young people are some of the more likely to be at risk of homelessness. North East Support and Action for Youth (NESAY) reports approximately 180 young people across our region are at risk or already homeless. 

“Organisations like Carevan are making a valuable contribution to people’s lives and I am privileged to be able to support them again this year,” Ms McGowan said.

Some of the statistics from The Border Mail Special Report 27 May 2017:

  • 130 people sought help in April 2017 for homelessness
  • Up to 40pc of those seeking help were under the age of 25
  • 25pc of those who sought help were fleeing domestic and family violence

The Corporate Sleep Out starts at 5.30pm tomorrow night with dinner and breakfast provided.  See www.carevan.com.au for more details.

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