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Councillor joins sleep-out A local Councillor is preparing to join hundreds of residents sleeping out at the second annual Mission Australia Canterbury-Bankstown Community Sleep-out. Yes  

A local Councillor is preparing to join hundreds of residents sleeping out at the second annual Mission Australia Canterbury-Bankstown Community Sleep-out.

Bilal El-Hayek urged residents to join him on Friday 10 August at Belmore Sportsground, to help break the cycle of homelessness.

"On any given night in Australia, more than 116,000 people will not have a place to call home and sleep on the streets," Councillor El-Hayek said.

"Unfortunately, Canterbury-Bankstown is not immune to this crisis.

"The theme of this year’s sleep-out is ‘breaking homelessness together’ and I truly believe this is possible. For just one night, wear your warm clothes, bring your outdoor sleeping gear, get your family and friends to join you, and camp out with the community."

A number of businesses and local services will also be represented on the night, including Mission Australia which operated in Canterbury-Bankstown. There will also be activities for younger residents to enjoy, including:

  • Music and dance performers;
  • Face painting;
  • Bubble soccer; and
  • A movie at 9pm.

Mayor Khal Asfour said Council will donate $500 to Mission Australia.

"Our local community is one that comes together to help those in need," Mayor Asfour said.

"I understand, the money will go towards housing a young person for a month, in one of Mission Australia’s crisis centres.

"We’re working hard to make sure housing can be accessed by everyone. Council is developing our own Affordable Housing Policy, as part of a new Housing Strategy for Canterbury-Bankstown."

This year’s Community Sleep-out is run by Mission Australia and supported by Council, South-West Bankstown Chamber of Commerce, and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

For more information, or to make a donation to support homeless people, visit

 6/08/2018 11:28 AM