The Big Sleepout wasn’t a photo op

I’m surprised, nah, I’m flabbergasted by the comment in a vlog by Marcus Lush about the recent Lifewise Big Sleepout in that it’s merely a photo opportunity. Really, come on Marcus, it’s a lot more than that.

Many people, myself included have participated to help raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in our community.

If I wanted a photo opportunity I could have run naked down Queen St or, become a radio personality.

The reason I and many other have participated in the Big Sleepout is to help raise awareness and, yes money to help those in need.

I could simply write a cheque send it off and hope that something would be done, but by participating I, and likely everyone else have helped raise discussion about the what can be done to help those in need. Those who have no choice but to sleep rough; participants gave up their warm, cosy beds, left their partner to shiver while they shivered in the cold to help others.

It’s not done to raise profiles of the individual participants – unlike perhaps your vlog – was that done as a grandstanding action or did you mean to put it out their to raise discussion, thus your own profile?

One must wonder.