Fun night, serious issue: homelessness in Joondalup

Diploma of Events students Polly Grogan, Ruby May and Caitlin Mighall.Picture: Martin Kennealey                                                                                                 www.communitypix.com.au          d445990
Diploma of Events students Polly Grogan, Ruby May and Caitlin Mighall.Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d445990

THREE northern suburbs students will host a Moroccan-themed cocktail evening this weekend to raise funds and awareness of homelessness in the local community.

MoROCKan the Night Away will be at West Coast Institute (WCI) Joondalup’s Pavilion Restaurant on Saturday to support Youth Futures WA, a charity helping to re-home and educate homeless youths in the area.

Polly Grogan (17), Caitlin Mighall (19) and Ruby May (23), who are doing a Diploma of Events at WCI, organised the event that will have Moroccan catering, belly dancers doubling as snake charmers, an interactive drum circle and a henna artist.

Fundraising includes a silent auction, raffle prizes and the opportunity to buy any props or decorations.

“The idea behind MoROCKan the Night Away is bringing Joondalup together,” Ms Mighall said.

“Myself, Ruby and Polly are all based in Joondalup, we are studying in Joondalup, the charity we are supporting is based in Joondalup, the event is being held in Joondalup, and all of the event suppliers and entertainers are from Joondalup, so it is a very community-focused event.

“Not only are we aiming to raise funds and awareness for the issue of homelessness in the community, it is an opportunity for us to put the skills and knowledge that we have acquired over the past seven months into practice.”

She said this was the 10th year the WCI events department had operated and in that time, students had raised almost $175,000 for over 30 different charities.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City was proud to support the event.

“The City has been working with government departments and agencies to tackle the issue of increasing numbers of homeless people sleeping rough within the City of Joondalup and neighbouring local government areas and I welcome this wonderful initiative by students from West Coast Institute,” he said.