TWO walkers made it to Gunnedah this week as part of a 690km hike for 2014 Homeless Persons Week.
Tamworth Family Support Service homeless services manager Tanya Rodgers and Narrabri man Frank Crump walked 20km into Gunnedah on Tuesday- the third day of the Hike for Homeless.
The hike began in Moree on Sunday, and has already been through Narrabri.
It continued on yesterday to Tamworth, and will go through Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell and is due to end back at Moree on Sunday.
Ms Rodgers said while she had taken part in fun runs, she had never attempted such a long hike.
“I’ve been sleeping really well, until it’s time to roll over, and then the muscles start complaining,” she said.
Ms Rodgers said homelessness was a far bigger problem than most people realised, when you looked at the number
of people who were “couch surfing” or
finding temporary accomodation at caravan parks.
“This is about making people aware of the issues, and that the stereotype of a homeless person is not true.
“It’s you and me – we are all one pay day away from homelessness.”
Country singer Victoria Edwards and her band performed a free concert in Gunnedah on Tuesday night at the Gunnedah Services Club.
Ms Edwards said she had been asked if her first single, Open Doors, could be used as a theme song for homelessness.
“This is what the song is all about – reminding people there are opportunities, to keep looking and don’t give up,” she said.
“Homelessness is quite hidden. This is not the way it should be. We should be looking after our own communities.”
Ms Edwards is holding concerts at each stop along the way.
People can sponsor or donate to the hike, and raffle tickets, with a Mitsubishi Mirage as the first prize, are also available. For more information, visitwww.hikeforhomeless苏州美甲美睫培训学校.au
Each night, about 105,000 Australians are homeless.
Homeless Persons Week runs from August 3 to 10.
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