Success at sleepout for homeless
IT WAS a mild night on Saturday when more than 150 people 'slept rough' to support The Northern Star's Giant Homeless Sleepout at Lismore Shopping Square.
Although this mob weren't doing it too tough, with large screen DVD movies and local musicians to entertain them.
The Salvation Army was on hand all night to ply them with hot coffee, tea and biscuits and the Lismore Soup Kitchen greeted everyone at 5am on Sunday with bacon and egg rolls.
“It was a successful night and a good start to a local annual event,” Northern Star editor-in-chief Sue Short said.
“There are so many people to thank for their support including Lismore Shopping Square, all the retailers who gave so generously, the local musicians, the Salvos, MC Neil Marks and Soup Kitchen helpers.”
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell arrived early in the evening dressed in a ball gown on her way to a debutante ball. Later she returned in her pyjamas to sleep the night.
“Not much sleep was had but a night's discomfort was worth it for raising money and awareness,” Cr Dowell said.
Local organisations such as Nortec, the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre and North Coast Community Housing supported the event.
Lismore Soup Kitchen CEO Ridley Bell said he was pleased with the event but surprised not many people attended.
“Those that did attend showed a real sense of camaraderie and a desire to express solidarity with homeless people,” he said.