On Monday night, Mrs Matherson’s assistant Mrs Lyndrea Lynch, her family, and some friends slept rough on the streets with around 160 other people as part of Base Services’ annual Homeless for a Night campaign.
The Basement soup kitchen provides vital support to people experiencing homelessness - the kind of things we take for granted: a warm meal, backpack beds, blankets, emergency clothes, connections to accommodation and other support services.
Having started the evening on the roof of the transit centre carpark, the group ended up at the train station for the night, having been moved on by police.
The ground was hard, the air was damp and cold, and sleep was limited, but Mrs Lynch and her family were glad to be involved in this campaign. Although it was only a glimpse into what it’s like for people who, for various reasons, might be living rough - just a fraction of the challenges that people experiencing homelessness face - Mrs Lynch is hopeful that her family’s involvement in the sleep out will contribute towards bringing awareness to the issue of homelessness as well as supporting Base Services in their amazing work within our community.
If you would like to donate to this year’s campaign and help keep the soup kitchen going, visit homelessforaweek.com.au.
Mrs Lyndrea Lynch
Assistant to the Deputy Principal
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