Help Manna feed needy

To help meet the costs of this tall but sadly necessary order, the volunteer-operated charity will hold its second annual Homeless for a Night community sleep-out in Ascot on May 2.

But by late last week, only about 200 of the 500 participants needed to help raise $250,000 for the Hot �n� Healthy Meals program had signed up, with just days to go before the event.

Registrations close at midnight on April 30 and Manna Inc chief executive Nicki McKenzie stressed that people did not have to sleep through the night.

�We found some people wanted to be a part of the evening although for health reasons couldn�t sleep out, which is fine. The support in any way is very much appreciated,� she said.

�Registration includes soup and bread, a bottle of water and a night of fun. For us it is only one night; the homeless aren�t so lucky.�

Founder Bev Lowe OAM, who established the charity with husband John 19 years ago, said the growing numbers of those doing it tough in Perth saddened her.

�We are truly astounded by the increase in numbers of people who visit us in the parks of Perth every night to receive what is often their only meal for the day,� Mrs Lowe said.

�Although recent figures show there are nearly 10,000 homeless people in WA, sadly we see and feed hundreds more people who are not necessarily homeless, but who are truly struggling to make ends meet and put food on their table.�