5 reasons to join the 2017 Mission Australia Sleepout
The 2017 Mission Australia Sleepout is launching, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!
For 28 years, thousands of Australians have taken part in our Winter Sleepouts. But homelessness isn’t just a problem in Winter. So this year, we’re welcoming schools, churches, teams and individuals to host Sleepouts all year round! Will you join us?
Here are five great reasons to host your own Sleepout this year:
1. Educate yourself
Homelessness isn’t just old men sleeping rough in parks, it affects 105,000 people across the country every single night. Solving homelessness isn’t just about building more homes either. Learn what it takes to make a lasting impact.
2. Raise awareness
Advocate for positive change in your community. Become a voice for the 17,845 children under 12 years who will be homeless tonight. Tell your family, friends, colleagues, school, church, and local influencers that things need to change.
3. Create real impact
Raise funds to help Australians who desperately need your support. As little as $22 can buy a set of sheets so a child can be tucked snugly into bed and $299 can fit out a whole bedroom with basics to feel safe and secure.
4.Grasp what it’s like
Sleep and wake up somewhere uncomfortable, and grow in compassion for those forced to do it night after night. Appreciate the comforts too many of us take for granted.
5. Gather with friends for the greater good
Spend the night with people in your community, share a meal, tell stories and know you’re doing it for a very worthy cause. There’s nothing more satisfying!
If you’re not able to physically sleep out but still want to get involved, there are plenty of other ways to join in. Why not invite your family and friends around for a sleepover, or host a morning tea or a film night with friends? Get creative, and make a difference!Register now
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