This weekend, millions of people around the world will be sleeping out to raise vital funds to end homelessness and The Big Issue Foundation are excited to be partnering with both local and international charities as part of The World’s Big Sleep Out. Joined by thousands of keen fundraisers and some special celebrity supporters, we’ll be sleeping out in the shadow of Nelson’s Column in London’s Trafalgar Square this Saturday.
Globally, around 70 million people are displaced through war, natural disaster and extreme poverty. Here in Britain, it is expected that at least 135,000 children will be homeless this Christmas. As well as providing vital funds for projects fighting homelessness across the globe, The World’s Big Sleep Out aims to send a message to world leaders that this humanitarian crisis has got to stop.
Inspired by her own experiences, The Big Issue Foundation are proud to be joined by Big Issue team member Fara who will be braving the cold night in support of The World’s Big Sleep Out. On her motivation to get involved, Fara said:
“Following years of moving from one temporary accommodation to yet another private rented accommodation I, like many other single mothers, found myself looking for a place to call home, in my home city of London. Fortunately for myself I never did spend a night on the streets, being lucky enough to have approached the right charities such as Crisis and Shelter. Knowing through my own personal experience the extent these charities and many other go through on a daily basis to avoid individuals from sleeping rough is somewhat remarkable, hence my decision to sleep out. I decided to raise money to help these charities and many others continue to support those that need their help the most.”
You can support Fara in her mission to ensure everyone has a place to call home by donating to her fundraising page. The money raised by The World’s Big Sleep Out in Trafalgar Square will be split in half- with half the proceeds heading overseas to international projects through The Institute of Global Homelessness, UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and Social Bite. The remaining half will fund the work of The Big Issue Foundation and other charities who are working to end homelessness in our capital; Thames Reach, Depaul UK, The Connection at St Martin’s and Homeless Link.
We will be covering the event on social media on Saturday so keep your eyes peeled!
Support Fara to reach her fundraising target by donating here!