When the dinner, simulation game and discussions about homelessness ended at the Fusion Community Centre on Saturday night 14 people went home to the warmth of their beds.
But another 11 stayed, most to sleep in their cars to experience braving a chilly winter’s night in Orange when you have no home.
Fusion Community Development Co-ordinator Bev Rankin said it was a chilly night.
“It was around two degrees at midnight, it was snowing at 6am, it was a wet night,” she said.
Mrs Rankin said they raised $1200, with donations still being accepted.
She said all 25 particpants, including Orange City councillor Tony Mileto and Nationals candidate for Orange Yvette Quinn, played a simulation game about the homeless who sought a bed for the night with official agencies.
“It highlighted for the different people who took part in it how some get lucky and you can get a bed or you just get referred to [another] agency,” she said.
“That is what the reality of life is like, sometimes there are no beds.”