The Big Issue Foundation is excited to be partnering with charities across the globe for The World’s Big Sleep Out on Saturday 7th December. The global campaign aims to see an incredible 50,000 people sleeping out across 50 towns and cities worldwide- from New York to New Delhi, and everywhere in between.
Two events will take place across London at Trafalgar Square and the Kia Oval which will offer the opportunity for thousands of people to sleep out in solidarity with rough sleepers across the globe- joining the thousands who are forced to sleep outside every night in the capital alone.
Half of the funds raised by both London events will be split between The Big Issue Foundation and four other charities which work in London and beyond to end homelessness; Thames Reach, Depaul UK, The Connection at St Martin’s and Homeless Link. The remaining half will fund international projects which aim to help some of the 70.1 million people displaced globally through war, natural disasters and extreme poverty. These projects will be funded through the Institute of Global Homelessness, UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and Social Bite.
Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of both Social Bite and World’s Big Sleep Out, said “I am blown away by the response to The World’s Big Sleep Out so far and incredibly excited to have 50 cities all over the world taking part. It doesn’t matter if you are taking part in Times Square or in your back garden with your family, by sleeping out for one night on 7th December we can simultaneously express our compassion for homeless people who have no other choice and raise lifesaving funds to make a difference. We can also send a message to the world’s political leaders that urgent action is required to address the human suffering that we each witness on our streets every day.”
Stephen Robertson, CEO of The Big Issue Foundation, also said “We are proud to be partnering with leading charities both internationally and here in the capital. The support behind this campaign from the general public, charities and celebrities marks a serious and significant event in the call to end global homelessness. Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis throughout the world and we hope thousands of others will join us through The World’s Big Sleep Out to make change possible.”
Registration opens today for The World’s Big Sleep Out at both Trafalgar Square and the Kia Oval, as well as other events across the globe. Sign up now for just £15 here and help end global homelessness.