Ready to sleep rough?

Ready to sleep rough?

Are you ready for the challenge?

If you think you can survive for 14 hours with no food, carrying only one backpack, one jacket and five dollars then consider maybe doing the Homeless for a Night Challenge on August 9.

With Homeless Week kicking off next week Manna Perth is organising the challenge to raise social awareness of homelessness and to collect funds for community programs.

Manna programs provide food relief supplies and meals to homeless people struggling in Perth and it has been estimated they will provide 100,000 meals over the next 12 months.

The aim of the challenge is to provide participants with an experience of what it means to be homeless and is done in a mystery location around Perth as many homeless people do not know where they will sleep.

More than 100 people are expected to attend the event.

Manna volunteer and operations director Sheena Cher said she wanted the challenge to change people’s perspectives about homelessness and make them think outside the box.

City of Gosnells mayor Glenn Dewhurst said he has registered and will pledge to sleep out for 14 hours.

“When Manna approached me to participate in their Homeless for A Night event I was delighted to be able to sign up for such a great cause.”

“Many people are also just one decision or one mistake away from being homeless and often for reasons outside their control.”

“I am also going to use the night to make contacts with other like- minded people to see if we can work on something that can make a real difference,” he said.

“Beyond that I am not sure, it is a mystery night.”

Meeting points for the challenge are in Perth and Leederville train stations from 6pm and registering is essential as there are limited spots.

To register or support the fundraiser visit Manna Inc online.