Hundreds set to Sleep Rough for HCM

More than 200 sleeping bags were rolled out at Princes Wharf No. 1 last month to represent the number of Tasmanians sleeping rough each night.

Hobart City Mission (HCM) used the striking visual representation to launch its annual community sleepout event, ‘Sleep Rough…so others don’t have to’.

HCM is calling on the community to help end homelessness by joining the Sleep Rough event, which will take place on Friday 26 May. For one night only, participants will sleep out at PW1 to show solidarity with the hundreds of Tasmanians who sleep rough or live in an improvised shelter every night.

More than 200 kind- hearted people joined the inaugural Sleep Rough event last year, raising a total of $140,000 to help fund HCM programs that support people facing immediate crisis and longer-term housing programs.

This year, Hobart City Mission is encouraging even more people to get involved and hopes to get at least 300 people to join in.

“Many people ask us how they can help to tackle the growing issue of homelessness in our community,” Hobart City Mission CEO Harvey Lennon said.

“This is a great opportunity to get involved and make a real- life difference.

“Not only do you get to experience what it might be like to sleep rough for a night, you’ll also learn about homelessness in your community and raise money to directly help people who are sleeping rough long-term.”

Sleep Rough is open to people of all ages, including individuals, families, schools and community and corporate groups.

Registrations are now open via www. sleeprough.com.au

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