MANAGEMENT from a northern suburbs women’s refuge will take part in the annual St Vinnies CEO Sleep Out on June 22.
The Patricia Giles Centre team, ‘Safe in our Beds’, will sleep out at the WACA to raise money and awareness of homelessness and family and domestic violence (FDV).
Chief executive Tillie Prowse said FDV was the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.
“Every year an unacceptable number of Australian women and children have their lives and housing circumstances disrupted because of FDV; women in this situation are, and remain, the ‘hidden’ homeless,” she said.
“We will be sleeping out to raise awareness of the issue and importantly to raise money so that women and children fleeing FDV can sleep safely in their beds tonight and every night.”
Ms Prowse said listening to “raging winds and pouring rain” recently reminded her of the upcoming fundraiser, which she will do with human resources manager Ceri Writer and finance manager Vikki Evans.
“The idea of sleeping out in 9 degree temperatures didn’t seem like fun,” she said.
“However, any thoughts of pulling out evaporated when I thought of those people who are forced to sleep on our streets and temporary accommodation every night. We really need your support to raise as much money as possible.”
To donate, visit www.ceo sleepout.org.au/team/safe-in-our-beds-patricia-giles-centre.