'Sleep out' event in Bega to shine a light on homelessness in the Bega Valley

Raising awareness on the lives of the thousands of homeless people living in Australia for the Homelessness week in August.
Raising awareness on the lives of the thousands of homeless people living in Australia for the Homelessness week in August.

A homelessness awareness event that was due to be hosted at the Bega Showground during National Homelessness Week on August 6 has had to be re-scheduled to October 22.

The event is encouraging people to sign up and rough it for a night, to give participants a glimpse into the lives of 116,000 homeless people in Australia.

Organisers of the event noted that the rate of homelessness in the Bega Valley was rising, especially with the housing crisis that is seeing an increasing number of people struggling to find a place to rent.

The re-scheduled event will follow the same program, kicking off at 4pm with a line up of talented young local artists and bands.

There will also be a range of food vans and the sleep on it challenge will begin from 8pm.

Organisers said since safe and stable accommodation was a basic human right, the event sought to raise funds to support those living it rough in our community.

The event is organised and supported by organisations and charities within the Bega Valley including: SEWACS Youth Homelessness Service, Mission Australia, ABS Census staff, headspace Bega, Sapphire Community Pantry, Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, and the Social Justice Advocates.

Registered participants are also raising money for the Social Justice Advocates via donations and sponsors.

This story Sleep On It Bega event delayed first appeared on Bega District News.