Charity sleepout

ST PAT’S Community Support Service and Notre Dame have teamed up again for another sleepout under the stars after last year raising more than $10,000 to support homeless people.

“The Sleep Out is a great way to start a conversation with your friends and family around homelessness,” says St Pat’s CEO Steve McDermott.

“Last May we had a lot of families sleeping over together and it was really wonderful to see those discussions starting to happen.”

As was the case last year, this year’s Sleep Out will feature a variety of accomplished musical acts including jazz singer Lois Olney, folk songstress Ezereve and St Pat’s own Starlight Hotel Choir.

Kids’ entertainment will also be back this year, as well as delicious soup, courtesy of Empyrean culinary school and crusty bread from Bread in Common.

Cassidy Runyon, Veronica Bromilow and Liv Raynor  (pictured) are all booked in for a chilly night in the sleeping bags, but say they’re not scared about an all-nighter away from the safety of a bed.

“It just makes it good to now how it is to sleep outside for those who don’t have a home,” says Veronica, who’s mum works at St Pats.

“Active support of organisations such as St. Pat’s is what gives us an opportunity to be agents of change in the local community and in the world,” says Rommie Masarei, from student services and admissions at Notre Dame, which was this week crowing after thumping all other WA universities to be the most popular amongst students in a poll ordered by the federal government.

For a chance to win a free night under the stars (without the bank foreclosing on your home) head to http://www.facebook.com/stpatrickscommunity supportcentre and give them a like.

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