C.ex Sleep Out raises funds to help the homeless on the Coffs Coast

C.ex Community Sleep Out.

 

EVERY night more than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe place to sleep or call home and the number of homeless Australians is a rising issue, with the rate of homelessness increasing by 2.7% each year.

The C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out is an annual community event that raises awareness and funds for local charities that are working to improve these statistics and reduce the number of homeless people and people at risk of homelessness living on the Coffs Coast.

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Since its inception in 2014, the C.ex Community Crew Sleep Out has raised and donated $324,820.88 for social welfare charities working to improve the homelessness situation on the Coffs Coast.

This year on June 23 the goal is to raise another $70,000.

C.ex Group CEO, John Rafferty said this year’s funds will be evenly distributed to local welfare charity partners: Bridging the Gap Community Services and Warrina Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services.

John said, “Supporting the community is an integral part of the C.ex Group’s mission and values and we see the Sleep Out as an opportunity to create awareness about homelessness on the Coffs Coast, whilst sleeping out with other businesses in our community to raise funds to assist others.”

John will be sleeping out again in 2021, his sixth year of participating in the event.

Shona Hunter, Marketing Manager C-ex explained the format of the event to News Of The Area, “Attendees arrive at C.ex Coffs International Stadium at 6pm, cardboard boxes are available for those wishing to use them (donated by Jarod Jones from The Good Guys), dinner is served around 7pm which consists of a bowl of soup and a bread roll, everyone finds a place to set-up the night and most try and get comfy and have an early night.

“In the morning we provide a light breakfast.

“We had heavy rain during the event one year, which was incredibly tough for those that participated, but it definitely made them appreciate a warm bed and safe place to call home.”

Join the Sleep Out or support it: https://cex.com.au/register/.

 

By Andrea FERRARI

 

Cardboard community sleeping out for homelessness.

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