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 2017 event will take place on Thursday 6 July. It will raise critical awareness of homelessness and how Housing First can end this growing problem.
Ending youth 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