This year, Belinda and her staff are working hard to raise funds for SleepBus… and here is why….

Current Total is $2524

http://www.sleepbus.org/belinda-jane-staff-friends

In 2014, l (Belinda) participated in the CEO Sleepout, where you help raise money for those who are homeless and you get to experience what it’s like to sleep rough. I raised as much as l could, and went and slept on the cold concrete that night, it was a tough night being out in the cold, and l couldn’t get home fast enough the next morning for a shower & a coffee. But on the way home, l was thinking, we didn’t really sleep rough, we were inside until about 11pm socialising with other CEO’s, we slept behind security fencing, with security guards there all night… it wasn’t the best night’s sleep, and not something l could do every night, but what if l had too… What is it really like to sleep on the streets…???  that experience didn’t show me.

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My Bed for the night.

Then a month or so later, l was driving home from filming a funeral and was complaining to myself about how cold it was…. then l spotted a guy sitting on the ground begging for money in Coburg… l found the nearest car park, grabbed the spare packet of chips in my car (yes there’s always chips in my car) and walked back to give them to him…we chatted, and l offered to buy him lunch, he refused, we talked some more and was able to convince him for me to buy him lunch. We chatted some more and he told me about how he was sleeping rough, between houses, sleeping on the streets, on friends couches, how he had done his knee and needed surgery. We got him lunch and parted ways. He hugged me and thanked me so much….. l cried most of the way home…

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This isn’t the guy l helped, l didn’t take a photo of him, but he was holding a sign.

A couple of months later, l was driving home after dinner at my parents and l spotted a boy walking along a road. A road, l had never ever seen anyone walk along… l stopped my car, l spoke to him, l asked him where he was going, offered him a lift and he said no…. l drove off and checked how far it was to where he was walking and saw it was 13kms. I doubled back and told him to get in… l was driving him home… we chatted, l asked about his life, and asked if there was dinner at home, he wasn’t sure, so l said l’ll give you some money to buy McDonalds… he refused, l insisted and we stopped… he got food and got back in my car… he didn’t open the bag of McDonalds, until l said he could… he even offered me some… l drove him home and left him there… l wondered if l would ever see him again, only to scroll through facebook that night to see him as MISSING for the last 3 days & nights… and hadn’t eaten in 3 days either…. l called the police to tell them. l worried about him for the rest of the night, until l had seen he was reported home and safe, to have his mother call me the next day, in absolute tears… her boy was home. She couldn’t thank me enough…

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Now think about this for just a second…. this could have been anyone of us, any bad decisions, bad luck, problems at home, problems with parents, partners, issues at work, anyone of us could have ended up in these positions…. luckily we aren’t, but l’m sure there are many times we have been close to it…

Then l was scrolling through facebook one night and came across Sleepbus !!! and l thought, what a fantastic idea, a place for those suffering homelessness to sleep in a safe warm, dry bed, a chance for them to get a good night’s sleep and hopefully start the day off on the right foot and hopefully a chance to get out of homelessness, a chance to go to that job interview with a bit more confidence, a clearer head.   A chance to get back on their feet.   So l offered my help to Simon and we have been chatting ever since, l cannot wait to be a part of these amazing journey, to help get video and photos out there, and help raise money for Sleepbus. To not only help get the first bus out there, but the second and the third, all the way to the 300 they want to put Australia wide…

So please, if you can donate, just $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or more, it is going to a very worthy cause. Many donations, you wonder where your money goes (l know l do), but in Sleepbus, you get your name engraved on the back of the bus, so you can point to it and say “see this, l helped this” !!! There is more information in the gofundme page, and Simon is also looking for a number of people who can help, with trades and signwriting, so if you can help, please do so…

http://www.sleepbus.org/belinda-jane-staff-friends