February 13, 2017 @ 9:18pm
On the 22nd of June 2016, Argyle CEO Wendy Middleton slept outside the Family & Community Services building in Wagga, alongside colleagues and community partners.
“It was a long sleepless night,” Wendy said, “where I was missing the comforts of a cosy fire, warm bed, iPad, and feeling safe in my home. While my one night out in the dark was cold and uncomfortable, it doesn’t even begin to compare to the hardships of a person experiencing homelessness on our streets in winter.”
More than 100,000 Australians spend each night on the unforgiving streets of our towns and cities. Countless others are staying with relatives or friends, in shelters and temporary accommodation, dreading the day when there is no one else to help them.
“I had time to reflect during the night,” Wendy said, “and I have often heard that some people choose homelessness, but I’m not sure that they have many choices if this experience is one of them. It is also only one form of homelessness, but probably the most extreme. I didn’t enjoy the sleep-out at all and it made me realise how lucky I am. I am grateful for all the contributions we received and I hope it means others can be given options other than homelessness.”
Wendy participated in the event to set an example and help make sure the doors stay open for all that need them. She hopes that others strive to lead a life full of compassion. Thank you to all who donated, and joined her in reaching out to support those who are hurting. The $2,890 raised has been given directly to Vinnies for those neediest in our community.