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[This story first appeared in NZ Doctor on 8 July 2016]

A pillow was the main thing NZMA chair Stephen Child mourned as he settled down to a night of sleeping rough in central Auckland last night, raising money to help the city’s homeless.

Dr Child joined Auckland psychiatrist and University of Auckland lecturer Tony Fernando, along with 133 other community leaders, as part of the Lifewise Big Sleepout, held in the quad of Auckland University of Technology.

On a night of heavy downpours, thunder and lightning, the eave-covered areas around the edge of the quad were jam-packed with colourful sleeping bags and cardboard mats, the only bedding participants were allowed.

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