On Saturday night, the cavernous pavilion on the grounds of the Albany Agricultural Society filled with lively conversation and barbecue smoke as the community celebrated its eighth Big Sleep Out.
The merry crowd enjoyed burgers flipped by the Rapid Relief team and sausages grilled by volunteers from the host Albany Community Foundation.
Families and students of Great Southern Grammar huddled around a small fire, munching on meat and bread, as the winter sun set in an oval shape.
Chaired by ACF Vice President Jeremy Stewart, after a hearth chat with Ian Neill and Siobhan Scanlon of Pivot Support Services, a spotlight group, followed by a message from 10-year-old Amari Nizamwood. A total of about $38,000 was announced, including $10,453 and $8,758 from 10-year-old Amari Nizamwood. Merrifield real estate team.
Brave Amari, who has been staying out for six consecutive years, shaved his head in response to the crowd’s cheers before the band’s Glamor Crew took the stage, performing covers from Amy Winehouse to ABBA, followed by Delroy. Bergsma played acoustic folk.
Neal said the annual fundraising event is something Albany should be proud of.
“Don’t think this is normal. This is unique and it reflects the community you belong to,” he said.