Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In highlights homelessness at Kingsley’s Galaxy Drive-In

Almost 100 people took part in the Vinnies Drive-in Sleep-in.
Almost 100 people took part in the Vinnies Drive-in Sleep-in.

RAIN did not deter almost 100 people who took part in the inaugural Vinnies Drive-In Sleep-In on Friday night.

Held at Kingsley’s Galaxy Drive-In, the community event focused on the homelessness issue facing people who had no option than to sleep in their car.

Families, friends, community and business organisations braved less than ideal weather conditions with the rain, giving up a good night’s sleep to experience what it’s like to sleep in their car.

The October 12 event aimed to bring attention to the complex issues that surround homelessness and social disadvantage.

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According to the charity, more than 9000 West Australians experience homelessness every night.

Tony Pickburn, of Ascot, and his daughter Myah (7).

One of this year’s participants Tony Pickburn, of Ascot, said that he wanted to experience the night with his seven-year-old daughter for her to understand how fortunate they were to have a home as a family when many do not.

“Certainly waking up this morning my daughter and I are tired and stiff, but I think we are satisfied with what we set out to achieve, that in some small way we experienced what many less fortunate experience every night sleeping their cars,” he said on Saturday.

Funds raised from the event will help Vinnies provide immediate relief to vulnerable people.

Paul Niardone, of Subiaco, with his family.