A group of individuals will spend the night without creature comforts as part of an initiative to raise funds and awareness about homelessness. The Community Sleepout, hosted by St Vincent de Paul Society, provides a brief glimpse into the harsh reality of homelessness faced by 116,000 people throughout Australia, while raising funds to provide vital services including food, accommodation and counselling.
St Vincent de Paul Society's regional Lower Hunter president Michael Healy said the sleepout aimed to raise awareness and funds for those struggling in the community.
"We know lots of people in the Hunter are doing it tough right now, particularly during the cold winter months," he said. "This is a chance to make a difference and show that as a community, we stand together in support of those who are doing It tough.
"We are grateful of the support from the local community last year, and looking forward to it again."
The Maitland group is aiming to raise $10,000. Mayor Loretta Baker, along with colleagues councillor Mitchell Griffin and Sally Halliday, have already signed up for the event.
People are welcome to participate in the Vinnies Community Sleepout on August 29 at Maitland Goal. Donate: communitysleepout.org.au/maitland.