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Night at the movies highlights plight of homeless

Night at the movies highlights plight of homeless

FAMILIES will spend a night at the drive-in to help raise funds for people experiencing homelessness.

St Vincent de Paul Society will hold the second Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In at Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Kingsley this Friday, with participants giving up the comfort of their beds for a night.

The charity invited families, friends, community and business organisations to experience the hardship of having to sleep in their car for one night on October 18 in an event supported by The Agency Group.

According to Vinnies, more than 9000 Western Australians experience homelessness every night, with 3656 of those young people or children, including 1493 under 12 years old.

The Agency managing director, Paul Niardone said the Vinnies Drive-In, Sleep-In brought awareness to an often under-represented issue that many people do not often associate with homelessness and social disadvantage.

“I think this is a great event to showcase and demonstrate that just living on the street is not the only form of homelessness and a lot of families do it tough living in cars,” Mr Niardone said.

The funds raised will help more than 50,000 Western Australians with access to food, clothing, emotional support and accommodation assistance.

Movies being screened on the night will be Disney’s Toy Story 4 and Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame.

Visit driveinsleepin.org.au for more information.