Rattle and roll – the art of couch surfing


The courtyard of the Darwin City Council building will reverberate to the sound of racing sofas as schools compete in the annual couch surfing contest.

The Wednesday 18 April contest marks Youth Homelessness Matters Day — a campaign to emphasise youth homelessness, and those at risk of homelessness, to the public.

The competition name reflects the practice of ‘couch surfing’, where young homeless people find shelter by moving through a series of people’s homes.

The sturdy two-seat settees will be decked with ornaments such as banners, streamers and balloons, reflecting themes chosen by the participating schools.

The event runs from 10.30am to 3pm, and schools interested in registering a couch should contact Anglicare NT Project Manager, Olive Annicchiarico, on 8946 4800.

Couch surfing

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