What is the Hills Winter Sleep Out – 2018?
The Hills Winter Sleep Out is a unique, overnight event that aims to raise awareness of homelessness and the factors such as DV (domestic violence), financial hardship or a mental illness that can lead to homelessness in the Hills. The Sleep Out also aims to raise vital funds for local charities who work with the homeless, victims of domestic violence and the financially disadvantaged in the Hills community.
- When: 6:00 pm Saturday 18 August 2018 to 10:30 am Sunday 19 August 2018
- Where: Bella Vista Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, BAULKHAM HILLS NSW 2153
- Click here to register
- Hills Community Aid.
Participants have the choice of shelter or no shelter when they register to participate and are asked to collect sponsorship from their friends, family, workmates etc. The price of registration, sponsorship money and donations are all TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
Homelessness in the Hills
People are often surprised by the suggestion that homelessness exists in the Hills particularly given we are perceived as a well-off community with no social issues. However, like all communities, we are not immune from issues such as domestic violence, mental illness, and financial hardship/disadvantage all of which can lead to homelessness.
Most of us when we think of homelessness, picture men and women in tattered clothes kneeling on a street corner, heads down and begging for money. This is one form of homelessness, which you don’t often see here in the Hills like you do in Parramatta and the CBD.
Homelessness in the Hills mainly exists in the form of “couch surfing” – people with no home of their own who sleep on the couches of friends and relatives.
There are also people forced to sleep in their cars who for some reason are unable to return home. Often these people are women who have escaped violence in the home and who are unable to secure emergency accommodation.
The reasons for homelessness are varied but it seems in the Hills that financial hardship and domestic violence are largely responsible.
Most people are unaware of the existence of homelessness in the Hills, however the sleep out aims to bring to the surface this very real issue and to support those charities who work with the homeless, victims of domestic violence and those experiencing financial hardship in the Hills.