Apex Bunbury Sleepout to support homeless community

Supporting Bunbury's homeless community: Apex Bunbury Sleepout secretary Emily McKelvie and chair Sasha Nicholls. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Supporting Bunbury's homeless community: Apex Bunbury Sleepout secretary Emily McKelvie and chair Sasha Nicholls. Photo: Emily Sharp.

Apex Bunbury Koombana and the Action Group for Homelessness South-West will once again be hosting the Apex Bunbury Sleepout.

Now in its third year the event aims to help breakdown barriers, and raise funds for local organisations supporting the homeless community.

This years event will be held on August 3 at the Graham Bricknell Shell with the general public encouraged to register and experience what it is like to be homeless and live rough for a night.

Apex Bunbury Sleepout chair Sasha Nicholls said the event had achieved a lot so far with more than $10,000 raised in cash and physical donations.

"For me though the biggest achievement is last year the homeless community felt supported enough by the event that they spent the night at the shell - they felt welcomed," she said.

"The main reason we run the event is to create conversation around homelessness in the Bunbury area.

"It's about wider community support and understanding - actually realising what it means to be homeless, not being scared of them, they are just people like everyone else.

"All they want and need is for us to acknowledge them as part of the community."

The event this year will be supporting the South West Women's Refuge, Horizon House and the Bunbury Soup Van.

"This year we're planning to give all registered participants an embroidered beanie celebrating the night and all money raised will go direct to service providers," Ms Nicholls said.

To register visit eventbrite.com.au.