IMAGINE sleeping on the streets and not knowing when you would next have a roof over your head.
On Saturday, May 14, Manna will hold its third Homeless for a Night Community Sleep Out, which will give participants a tiny glimpse of what thousands of West Australians face on a day-to-day basis.
Manna founder Bev Lowe said many took for granted the shelter we have, the food we eat and the clothes we wear.
“But imagine not being able to choose where you sleep, where you eat, what you eat or to be simply in a safe environment,” she said.
“This is reality for many Perth people and the numbers are growing.”
Manna is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides free meals to homeless and struggling Perth people six days a week, with the help of 200 volunteers.
“Manna receives no government funding for this program – all funds needed are raised within the local community,” Ms Lowe said.
“It’s locals helping locals.”
In 2014, Homeless for a Night, now Perth’s largest community sleep out, was launched to raise funds for the meals program.
Now entering its third year the goal is to raise funds to provide 50,000 meals to the homeless. The event will be held at Gloucester Park.
Ms Lowe said demand for Manna’s services “continues to grow”.
People interested in helping Manna can get involved in the Sleep Out in various ways: provide prizes for raffles to be held on the night; become a sponsor for the event; register to attend Homeless for a Night and invite others to join you; and help Manna spread the word.