Exercise Stone Pillow 2016 takes place in Brisbane this weekend, with a big lineup of activities to keep mums, dads and kids occupied and entertained until sleep-out time.
Founded in 2013, EXSP simulates rough sleeping for one night to educate participants on the challenges faced by homeless veterans and their families.
Participants will sleep outside on a grassed area, this Saturday night in Dorrington Park, Ashmore, providing their own tent, sleeping bag and basic mattress, for the night.
CEO Stonepillow Martin Shaw today released the entertainment/activity schedule for this weekend’s sleepout.
“Highlights of the afternoon session from 1pm include an appearance by the RAAF Military Working Dog puppies, the Brisbane Roar Community Soccer Inflatable Pitch, yoga for kids, a soccer penalty shootout between the ADF and members of the public, a boot throwing competition and a Boot Camp for nine of the 24 Australian Survivor contestants,” he said.
“The official ceremony begins at 5.45pm with the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment Pipes, Navy Cadet Drums, a parade by Australian Army Cadets and mounted horsemen.
“A Sunset Memorial Service will be conducted at 6pm, followed by the official speeches.
“The evening session kicks in at 7pm with a very tasty Army field dinner, entertainment by the Australian Army Band-Brisbane, interspersed by auctions, and a movie will be shown on the big screen at 9.15.”
Mr Shaw said a bugler would play the Last Post at 11pm, ending the night’s activities.
“We’ll have the bugler back to play the wake up call Reveille at 7am before the Army field breakfast and pack up at 8.30am.”
He said there was still time for families, couples or singles to register for the sleepout this Saturday night in Dorrington Park, Ashmore.
“It’s going to be a great time for everyone, particularly for our homeless veterans who will directly benefit from any funds raised during Exercise Stonepillow.”
EXSP16 primary objective is to raise funds to house and assist transitioning Australian homeless veterans through the Wattle League Foundation – established over 80 years ago to build homes for homeless veterans.
Eighty years on, the funds raised by EXSP will be donated to the foundation of Wattle House – a purpose-built facility for veterans suffering homelessness.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.exercisestonepillow.org.au.