Sleep out for a cause

UnitingCare Harrison sleepoutUnitingCare Harrison is again working in partnership with Knox Council for the second annual BIG Sleepover fundraiser on Saturday 5 March at Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully.

Organisers are inviting families, local businesses, churches, schools and sporting clubs to come together and pitch a tent while raising money to support UnitingCare Harrison.

Sharon Wolstenholme, acting CEO of UnitingCare Harrison, said the demand for housing services has continued to increase with the agency providing crisis assistance to more than 2800 people in the Knox area.

“Of that total figure, 1590 were families seeking either crisis accommodation or more appropriate accommodation for their circumstances,” Ms Wolstenholme said.

“The main reasons families have presented to us, seeking accommodation, has been financial difficulty, unemployment, relationship and family breakdown and domestic violence.

“Across the state in the last financial year homelessness services have been forced to turn away nearly 100 Victorians each day.”

Participants can pitch a tent or roll out a swag and sleep out for a good cause and then take part in the family-friendly Knox Festival.

The Knox Festival runs throughout the entire weekend and includes live music performances, markets, fairground rides, Twilight Cinema, workshops and fireworks.

For more information and to register please Donations can also be made directly to UnitingCare Harrison at

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