Friday, August 12th, 2011 - City of Cockburn
City of Cockburn family support services staff sizzled in their slippers and cooked up a storm on Thursday morning (August 11), as part of raising money during Homeless Persons’ Week.

Dressed in pyjamas, dressing gowns and other night wear, the team prepared breakfast rolls of bacon, eggs and fried onions for staff outside Spearwood Library for a gold coin donation.

The main aims were to strengthen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship in Australia and encourage research, discussion and action to address those problems.

“There are many reasons why people experience homelessness, including domestic violence, family breakdown, lack of affordable housing, poverty and social inequality,” Homelessness Australia CEO Nicole Lawder said.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone. People experiencing homelessness come from all walks of life and all age groups.”

Night-time attire was chosen to remind people the luxuries they have at home are not necessarily the comforts everyone else has.

Staff raised $642.95 with the City of Cockburn matching the amount, making a total of $1285.90.

The money will be used to re-print Enough!, a domestic violence handbook featuring people’s stories, contacts and advice on what people can do to get out of their situations.

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slipper1-2: City of Cockburn senior building surveyor Mike Ward gets a breakfast roll from, right to left, ECU Joondalup student Silo Siwawa, support services team leader Sian Halsall, administration and support officer Milena Cianfrini and financial counsellors Marnie McDonald and Colleen Crowley.

slipper3: Given the early morning dew, team leader Sian Halsall and ECU Joondalup student Silo Siwawa protected their precious slippers with plastic bags.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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