Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One special day

August the 24th is a special day. I was an 18 year old girl with many dreams and ambitions walking down the aisle towards my husband to be. Sixteen years later we are looking forward to celebrating this day in a unique way.

We are having a Winter Sleep out, calling the event *Sleep Rough to Help the Homeless*

We are hoping to raise funds for Mission Australia to help homeless people of Australia.

According to Mission Australia, 105,000 people are homeless, some relying on crises accommodation, boarding houses or depending on friends for a roof over their heads, a simple comfort most take for granted. As my husband said in his invite to attend our event, he said "it is just one night spent the way many fellow Australians spend every single night."

I am reading a book called "The girls Guide to Homelessness" written by Brianna Karp. It is her story of how she become homeless and it has opened my mind to the fact that people become homeless for many reasons and the stigma associated with being homeless is also a battle in itself. I have not completed the book but my understanding is that she became an activist for the homeless. Thats what i call a success story.

Some might ask why we would choose to expose ourselves to the cruel winter elements over a romantic getaway in front of a nice log fire.

The answer to that would be that i (not speaking for hubby) would rather do something that we are both passionate about. We are united and connected when it comes to caring about the people less fortunate than us. That is what i love about him and i hope that is what he loves about me. I would love to share this day with others, under the stars, next to our camp fire, drinking hot soup (that hubby makes) and feeling the strong connection we have, reminding me why i married this man.

Not that a getaway doesn't sound nice but this speaks loudly of where our hearts are at. Our love for each other and our family can be shared amongst our community and even the wider community. I get goose bumps when i think of even one person having a warmer blanket or food in their stomach or even better, a roof over their heads. So that is our intention, hopefully our special day becomes a special day for one of our fellow Australians.

Might have to get onto crocheting a few blankets.......

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