Mayor Karen Williams supports Vinnies CEO Sleepout and Cleveland blanket drive

COLLECTION: Mayor Karen Williams (third from right) and Cleveland business people Jenna Watson, Fleur Colgan, Jenny Tan, Alana Chataway and Ryan Connor.
COLLECTION: Mayor Karen Williams (third from right) and Cleveland business people Jenna Watson, Fleur Colgan, Jenny Tan, Alana Chataway and Ryan Connor.

MAYOR Karen Williams has called on Redlanders to support the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout and a blanket drive run by Cleveland business people.

Cr Williams will swap her bed for a piece of cardboard on the evening of June 21 for the Vinnies’ event.

“Queensland still has the third-highest homeless population in Australia with more than 20,000 Queenslanders without a place to call home, and many more at risk of homelessness,” she said.

“This includes about 250 people in the Redlands.”

Cr Williams said sleeping rough for one night did not compare to the challenges faced by people who were homeless.

“I get to go home at the end of the night, while for some it’s a long-term challenge that needs the support of the entire community and the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is an opportunity to provide that support.”

Cr Williams aims to raise $5000 and people to donate via ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/karen-williams/brisbane.

“Your contribution can make a real difference. Just $55 will supply a week’s worth of food for a family, $105 will keep a family’s power on for the winter and $155 pays for emergency accommodation for a family in crisis.”

Cleveland business people will also hold a blanket drive, for locals who are able to help.

“Clean blankets in good condition can be dropped off to the area next to Colour My Pot and Bay Breeze Café on Middle Street, Cleveland on Friday, June 15,” Cr Williams said.

“So check your linen cupboard for any spare blankets that you no longer use. Someone will really appreciate them as the winter chill sets in.”