ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS
Fact: More than 41,000 people in New Zealand have no place to call home. Over half of New Zealand’s homeless are under 25. One quarter are children.
The annual Lifewise Big Sleepout is on Thursday 6th July 2017. Lifewise wants business and community leaders to experience one night sleeping rough, to get a taste of life on the streets, and raise critical funds to tackle homelessness. This year, the funds raised will go towards Ending Youth Homelessness.
SLEEPING ROUGH TO END HOMELESSNESS
Stripped of their creature comforts, leaders and influencers from business, community and political spheres will spend a night on cold concrete at the AUT City Campus, receiving an insight into what it means to sleep rough. Their commitment is rewarded by donations from family, friends, colleagues and the public; every dollar raised goes towards Lifewise’s work towards ending homelessness.
This year, Lifewise aims to raise over $350,000 through The Big Sleepout. The funds raised will be used to address the issue of youth homelessness – this includes supporting young people who experience homelessness into permanent homes and providing the wraparound support they need to sustain their tenancy.
To see who will be “sleeping rough” this year and to support their commitment to ending homelessness, click on www.bigsleepout.org.nz