In the cold for a cause

Kahlea Bailey, Sierra Adams, Olivia Slevin and Keysha Celeban have taken part in the Project Warmth Sleep Out. Photo: Melinda Jane
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The winter weather has hit and while many of us are enjoying our cosy beds and heartwarming dinners, others in the community don’t have the same luxuries.

To raise money and awareness for the Penrith Community Kitchen, locals are encouraged to get together for a Project Warmth Sleep Out, to support the less fortunate in the community in a way that is educational for kids.

Four girls – Kahlea Bailey, Sierra Adams, Olivia Slevin and Keysha Celeban – couldn’t do the sleep out on the planned weekend event, so have already held their own fundraising evening with incredible results.

“Between the four of them they managed to get $2,000 in one weekend,” Rebecca Liu-Brennan said.

“That’s going to be a huge help to the kitchen at the moment.”

Anyone is welcome to take part in the fundraiser, with the community having already raised $4,000.

“The idea is for them to sleep out in the cold at night,”Ms Liu-Brennan said.

“There’s no fear and anxiety that way, and families can do it together.

“The main idea is to bring awareness to the kids, to let them know what it is really like for some people. The kids are our future, and my kids wouldn’t know what it’s like to go to school without a jumper.

“I think they need to be aware that there are these people in our community that are struggling and we can help them.”

This year, the kitchen has seen more people use their services, making donations even more important, according to Ms Liu-Brennan.

“We’re trying to feed everyone. It’s not just in winter that the increase is happening, it’s been a gradual increase this year,” she said.

“There’s a lot more people losing their jobs, it is a bad time of year.”

The fundraising weekend for the Penrith Community Kitchen is being held on June 29 and 30.

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Emily Newton

Emily Newton is the Weekender's police and political reporter. Emily is also the Weekender's Senior Journalist.

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