Sleeping rough to end homelessness
Every year, The Lifewise Big Sleepout sets out to raise funds to tackle the serious issue of homelessness in Auckland. Many lives have been and will continue to be turned around as a result of this event.
It all started back in 2010 when 60 business, community and political leaders slept on cold concrete for one night. Together they raised over $100,000 to support the work of Lifewise’s Crisis Response and Housing team.
The 2019 event will take place on Thursday 20 June to raise awareness of how we can all work together to prevent homelessness. “People need to understand that homelessness is a symptom of a number of social issues that we deal with day to day,” says Moira Lawler, Lifewise CE. “Across Lifewise we are working with elderly isolation, broken homes and foster care, addiction and youth homelessness, all connected to the growing number of people finding themselves on the streets.”
Stripped of their creature comforts, leaders and influencers from business, community and political spheres will spend a night on cold concrete, 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 preventing homelessness.