‘Roughing it’ is not everyone’s cup of tea

AS WE all began to rise from our brief slumbers at 5am yesterday, the words on everyone’s lips were ‘I wouldn’t want to do that very often’.

Yet our homeless people have to do it every day in much tougher conditions and are expected to survive and live a normal life.

I had just slept overnight in the Lismore Square car park with about 150 of my new ‘best friends’ to help raise money and awareness for the plight of our homeless people.

All of us felt tired, drained and even a little testy. Few of us got much sleep because of the noise and the uncomfortable cement floor.

Yet we had been under cover, had toilets, and cups of tea and bikkies served by amazing people from the Salvation Army working two-hour shifts to support us.

The kids had movies to watch and we had wonderful live music to listen to provided by a talented and generous group of musicians, including Liora Claff, who with the voice of an angel sang us to sleep late in the night.

Homelessness is a condition that can afflict us all at any time. What if you lost your job, couldn’t pay the mortgage, had no family to turn to and lost your relationship? Where would you sleep when the bank evicted you from your home and you had no money to pay for accommodation?

What if you became mentally ill, would anyone look after you or would you be left to fend for yourself?

Homelessness is a condition that can only be changed by the continued support of compassionate people in our community. I met many of those people Saturday night. Thank you to all who slept out and gave so generously. May your backs get better quickly.


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