Rough it 4 Rockingham set to give back to community members experiencing homelessness

Rockingham residents come together to make a material difference in the lives of violently sleeping or homeless residents.

Inspired by the CEO of Vinnies Sleepout, the Rockingham Salvation Army teamed up with local homeless advocate Owen Farmer and Deputy Mayor Hayley Edwards to create Rough it 4 Rockingham, a local restless sleep event that aims to raise money exclusively for the Rockingham community.

On Saturday 8 October, before World Homeless Day on 10 October, attendees will sleep around for one night at a venue in the town of Rockingham.

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Ms Edwards said she and her fellow organizers recognized that more and more people were doing things the hard way and needed additional food support and financial assistance in the area. So they created an event organized by the inhabitants, for the inhabitants who need it.

“The idea of ​​Rough it 4 Rockingham is to unite our community and help the people who are doing difficult things in our city. Sleeping restless … is the cold and harsh reality for many people in our town, sleeping rough and gathering funds for this event will come to Rockingham through the Salvation Army in Rockingham, ”he said.

“The money raised will be used to buy wreaths, sleeping bags and provide food for our community – a $ 50 donation can provide a family with nutritious fruit and vegetables for an entire week.”

Reece Whitby, Baldivis' MLA, presents his donation to Rough it 4 Rockingham to Owen Farmer.
Camera iconReece Whitby, Baldivis’ MLA, presents his donation to Rough it 4 Rockingham to Owen Farmer. Credit: Provided

With an ambitious goal of $ 75,000, Ms. Edwards said people can get involved by donating, becoming a member of the fundraising team, or signing up to attend the October 8 sleepover.

But the deputy mayor is particularly encouraging people to join the sleepover.

“It’s easy to underestimate how hard it is for restless sleepers, a hard night, not having a warm, safe place to rest is something most of us take for granted,” he said.

“This experience gives attendees the opportunity to experience what it’s like for one night, the cumulative effects of restless sleep for our community are significant, and sharing a restless sleep experience will hopefully encourage more people to stand up for marginalized members of our community. community. “

Ms. Edwards said there have been around 25 registrations for the sleepover so far and they’re aiming for 30-50 attendees.

As the statewide housing crisis deepens, the Rough it 4 Rockingham team hopes to turn this grassroots initiative into a regular community event.

“The response from the community has been great so far. We have received support from the Rockingham companies, who are more than happy to be involved as all funds flow back into our community, ”said Ms. Edwards.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby’s office said Mr. Whitby donated $ 350 to the cause and hopes to make an appearance at the October 8 sleepover.

Paul Papalia, MLA from Warnbro, donated $ 100 to the cause.

To learn more and participate in Rough it 4 Rockingham, visit roughit4rockingham.org.

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