IN a bid to tackle the stigma around homelessness, some brave local souls will spend an entire night outside in Strabane this weekend.
Held in conjunction with the World’s Big Sleep Out, a global event to call for an end to homelessness, this Saturday’s Shelter NI’s event in Strabane remains open to participants.
Taking place at Butcher’s Street Car Park in the town, the best advice from previous participants is “wrap up warm.”
“It does bring it home to you that there are people actually living like this,” Shelter NI’s Stella Le Poidevin explained.
“I took part in last year’s Sleep Out in Omagh; it was good, there was a lot of interest and there were a lot of people floating about.
“You don’t get much sleep. It didn’t really quieten down until 3 in the morning. I managed to dose for a while around them.”
The Strabane woman added, “There’s till time. Anybody can sign up before Saturday.”
As well as highlighting the plight of the homeless, the event is also be used as a fundraiser. Last year’s Omagh Sleepout raised £7,000.
“The other thing I would advise people to do is gather some cardboard,” Stella explained. “It’s good to put the cardboard down on the ground because it does insulate you.
“There isn’t a big crowd so far. There’s only four or five or us. But even if people wanted to come and do it without the fundraising they can do that as well.”
- The Strabane Sleep Out takes place this weekend from 7pm on Saturday until 7am on Sunday. For further information or to take part contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at 028 9024 7752.