Braving the cold for the homeless

2016-06-07 11:19
Storm Arnold will be sleeping out in the cold for two nights to raise awareness about the homeless and to get donations for them.

Storm Arnold will be sleeping out in the cold for two nights to raise awareness about the homeless and to get donations for them.

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Storm Arnold from Grassy Park will be leaving the comfort and warmth of his home to put himself in the shoes of the homeless for two nights.

On the nights of Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June he will spend six hours of each night sleeping at the corner of Rosemead and Wetton roads, opposite the Wynberg Sports Club.
“On these two nights I will sleep on cardboard and only use one blanket,” he says.

His aim is to raise awareness about the homeless and to get donations which he will give to shelters that help the homeless.
“At times I stand at street corners to hand out pamphlets and to talk to people so that they can also take note of the homeless. I also have a board written ‘Do you know how it feels to be invisible?’ which I use to draw people’s attention to the homeless. Some people go past the homeless like they are not there, it’s difficult just to say hello,” says Arnold.

A father of one, with a second child on the way, Arnold says life is more than a job and going home to big meals dished out for you. “People are content and comfortable with what they have, often they forget about the next person. To me the pleasures of life are about helping others, that’s why I will leave my family and sleep in the streets to get help for others”.

His initiative called #fillmeup calls on everyone to help with any donations they can, so that he can help the homeless this winter. His aim is to get blankets, clothes and non-perishable food that will be donated to shelters.

“For years I have lived in my own bubble. I have been living life at a very fast pace ignoring people around me. I have been clouded with what I have and little did I take notice of someone next to me,” he says.
“One day as I was eating at Spur, this idea of helping the homeless really hit me hard. I knew I had to do something about it. Thereafter I got a blanket and a cardboard and went to Wynberg with my banner to get help for the homeless.
“I had to come down, put myself in their shoes and help them,” he says.

Arnold has been overwhelmed with the support he has received for this previous project, prompting him to run a second fundraiser.
“I couldn’t believe the support. I was able to help a home in Kuils River. So I thought I could do it again. This time I am challenging my friends, my family and anyone else. Homeless people are humans – just like anyone else. No-one really bothers to say hello to them. How are you doing? What landed you here?” he says.
“For some you will be surprised that they just need help so that they can feed their children. Most of the homeless people that I have spoken to don’t want money, just food to carry them through.”
He is calling on everyone who wants to help or to join him to raise awareness.

If you can help with donations for the homeless please contact Arnold on 061 874 8591.

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