Port Lincoln Vinnies sleepout raises $25,000

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This year's St Vincent de Paul Society's Lower Eyre Peninsula Community Sleepout, in South Australia, has exceeded expectations and raised more than $25,000 for those less fortunate, reports The Port Lincoln Times.

In total 54 local community members slept out, with people coming from Elliston, Tumby Bay and Cummins to raise awareness about homelessness. Vinnies conference president Peter Ryan said the result of the sleep out was 'bloody amazing.'

He said compared to the last sleep out held in Port Lincoln, there was a much broader range of the community represented at this year's sleep out. 'The money will let us keep going for another two years,' he said. 'The amount of money we spend depends on how many people come here every Sunday night to eat.'

The Port Lincoln sleep out was a remarkable success compared to other sleep outs in the state, with Mount Gambier getting 15 participants and Adelaide having a total of 73 people sleep out.

Mr Ryan said on an average Sunday night, about 20 people are served with a hot three-course meal at the Catholic Church Hall.

Photo: Organisers of the Vinnies Lower Eyre Sleep out on Tuesday night included Jeff Browne, Brian Modystack and Peter Ryan

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