There can be no better way to understand the challenges faced by homeless people than to experience it firsthand. Shadow Minister for Homelessness is doing exactly that as he takes part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. He hopes to help raise valuable awareness and funds for Vinnies homelessness services.
This year is more important than ever to highlight the importance of a safe place to sleep with the onset of the global pandemic crisis. The safety and security of a place to call home is everyone’s right, but now more than ever we can see how the security of a home is intrinsically weaved into the essence of our health.
Experiencing homelessness can trigger and exacerbate mental illness. Domestic and family violence is the number one reason why women and their children seek support from homelessness services.
Mr Park said “COVID-19 has changed so much of the way we have needed to live recently. To stay home and to stay safe, but for too many people the security of their own home just does not exist.
“As the Shadow Minister for Homelessness I have a commitment to work to help address one of the most pressing social issues facing our community today.
“Every night across the communities we represent there are more than 37,000 of our fellow citizens who are experiencing homelessness. This needs to be talked about. This must be a priority for all of us.
“By doing the CEO Sleepout I want to raise awareness, keep this issue on the agenda and also help raise funds for Vinnies to help support our most vulnerable.”
Vinnies are vital in providing assistance to our most vulnerable through support and accommodation, meals and also financial help. Any donation no matter how small is greatly appreciated.
To donate or to register for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout go to www.ceosleepout.org.au