Sleep out, help the homeless

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Sleep out, help the homeless

HOMELESSNESS is a real issue in South Gippsland.
In order to raise awareness and much needed funds, the Salvation Army will again hold a Leongatha winter sleep out in May, as part of the Red Shield Appeal.
The students at Leongatha Secondary College will again be involved in the sleep out, and will also look to dominate this year’s Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal school’s challenge.
The school has participated in the challenge for two years and for both of those years has come in second.
The students will participate in several fundraising efforts including a door-knock, bake sales, the winter sleep in and the winter sleep out.
Salvation Army captain Martyn Scrimshaw said since the Leongatha Secondary College has become involved in fundraising for the Red Shield Appeal, the total raised has increased from $13,000 to $26,000.
“Over the three the college has been involved in raising money for the Red Shield Appeal, we have doubled our total,” he said.
The sleep out is scheduled for Friday, May 30. Participants will need to provide their own warm clothes, sleeping bags and pillows, while cardboard boxes, food and entertainment will be provided.
The winter sleep out is in its third year and according Mr Scrimshaw, the event continues to grow.
“Anybody from the community can participate in the sleep out, which is held at the Leongatha train station. They just need to raise a minimum of $100,” he said.
“People are also welcome to come to the station and provide a donation and enjoy the entertainment. They don’t have to sleep out,” Mr Scrimshaw said.
Mr Scrimshaw said all sorts of people get involved in the sleep out, including school students, police officers, business people and Salvation Army officers.
“This year we would really like to put a challenge out there for more business owners, managers and bosses to become involved in the event,” he said.
“It would be great if employees made an effort to get together, raise $100 and then nominate their boss to take on the challenge.
“At the end of the day, one night of discomfort will help thousands of people.”
Mr Scrimshaw said homelessness does exist in South Gippsland and can be caused by a number of different factors.
“We come across many people, who for whatever reason have had a breakdown in their accommodation,” he said.
“Whatever the reason, we know of people who have been sleeping in their cars or couch surfing. We might not see people in boxes in the park, but there are homeless people in our region.”
Last year, the winter sleep out raised around $5000 for the Red Shield Appeal, which was a record for the event.
“The good thing about it is, the money we raise may go into a big bucket, but it does come back to South Gippsland. We draw more funds for our services than we raise,” Mr Scrimshaw said.
Mr Scrimshaw said the Red Shield Appeal and the winter sleep out provide a chance for the Salvo’s to raise money to do the things they need to do.
Entry forms for the sleep out can be found at the Leongatha Police Station, the new Salvation Army building on Long Street, the Salvation Community Shop on Bair Street and from The Star office.
Martyn Scrimshaw can be contacted on 0407 625 122 or at [email protected].

Ready to raise: Leongatha Secondary College students Ethan Lavis (left) and Maddie Brew with Salvation Army captain Martyn Scrimshaw getting ready for the Red Shield Appeal.

Ready to raise: Leongatha Secondary College students Ethan Lavis (left) and Maddie Brew with Salvation Army captain Martyn Scrimshaw getting ready for the Red Shield Appeal.

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