Imagine waking at dawn, on the deck of Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club, to the sound of roaring surf. This was the reality for the brave ‘sleepees’ of Home Sweet 2019 – the annual charity sleepover that seeks to end homelessness and solve the current housing crisis.
This year, the event raised more than $181,000, with close to 100 people piling their sleeping bags into every corner of the surf club.
Sleeping rough is the unfortunate reality for too many Australians. On the night of the Home Sweet event, Ann Weldon from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council said, “everyone should have a home.” And Link Housing CEO, Andrew McAnulty spoke to the importance of highlighting the housing crisis.
“We’re helping to raise awareness about homelessness, and how important people caring about homeless people is.”
The real impact of the Home Sweet will be felt in the next 12 months when the beneficiaries: Women’s Community Shelters, The Burdekin Association and the Link Housing Scholarship Program, put to work their share of the total funds raised. Read more about the Home Sweet 2019 beneficiaries and their clients.
The energy and support of the local communities was felt on the night. A highlight was when James Griffin, Member for Manly, presented a Private Members Statement to Andrew McAnulty – communicating the importance of the event to the NSW parliament.
A big thank you again to our sponsors who helped us exceed our fundraising target by $60,000. Link Housing is very proud to be working with community-minded organisations that share our vision and mission.
View the official Home Sweet 2019 video below and see all photos in our Facebook event album.