Once a year, Lifewise invites business and community leaders to participate in the Big Sleepout, a fundraiser evening to raise awareness of the vital social services they provide in Auckland, New Zealand. The event always draws some amazing participants, who ‘sleep rough’ for the night to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. The donations are critical to helping Lifewise tackle issues like homelessness, as they receive no government funding.
The 2017 Big Sleepout takes place on July 6. Funds raised will go towards ending youth homelessness, which is a huge issue in New Zealand. Victoria Hearn leads the Service Design and Development of Lifewise’s Youth Housing service, and explains more about why the event is so necessary to Sarah.