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Spare a thought for the homeless

You Have A Friend will host the annual Jimbo's Sleepout to raise funds for community street outreach.
You Have A Friend will host the annual Jimbo's Sleepout to raise funds for community street outreach.

WITH winter in full swing and unusually heavy rainfall, many minds turn to those without a warm place to call home.

The You Have A friend organisation helps homeless people on the Tweed and at Coolangatta all year round.

But each winter, the organisation holds events in conjunction with National Homeless Week during the first week in August.

"This is our our biggest event of the year," said organisation president John Lee.

"This is our fourth year and we have many events throughout the week.

"Our statistics over the last year have indicated that homelessness in the Tweed district is increasing rapidly with many people unable to afford accommodation and sleeping in their cars, on the beaches or "couch surfing" with friends.

"You Have A Friend is totally committed to raising awareness of the homeless situation in Tweed and during the National Homeless Week."

Mr Lee said You Have A Friend will be running events supported by the charity's volunteers, working on encouraging awareness of homelessness in local schools and the community.

This year's Jimbo's Sleepout will be sponsored by some well known local businesses, including Southcoast Automotive and Cummings West Accounting.

"Our goal is to raise enough funds for another van to use in our many street outreaches," Mr Lee said.

Jimbo's Sleepout will be attended by a number of people who will spend the night in cardboard boxes to get a taste of being homeless.

Other events during the week will include the Inter Schools Surfing carnival, the Marathon Rollerblade from Pottsville to Banora Point, school BBQ's and school pikelette days.

Topics:  charity, homeless, national homeless week, winter


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