Hutt at Heart

The World’s Big Sleep Out

Homelessness is a real and urgent issue in our community – be a part of one of the 50 major sleep-out events happening globally.

Did you know that we have people in our community who are homeless? They don’t have safe and secure housing, and this includes not only those living on the streets or in cars but in temporary, unsafe or overcrowded accommodation.

Lower Hutt has experienced a significant rise in the rates of homelessness in the last three years. And we have the largest number of people accessing emergency accommodation in the Wellington region.  This has led to the development of a council homelessness strategy but there is more we can do to make a difference.

“We need to confront a rise in homelessness that’s pushing families – particularly children – into desperate straits, and we have many young people and working families unable to buy their first homes,” says Jo Miller Hutt City Council Chief Executive.

“This is unacceptable and that’s why we’re supporting the World’s Big Sleep Out to fight homelessness. It’s one way each and everyone of us can show our support. We can make a difference in the lives of many in our community who need our help to find a place to call home.”

Homelessness is a global issue. Research by the Institute of Global Homelessness shows that figures have reached a new level with more than a 100 million people homeless and displaced around the world.

The World’s Big Sleep Out at McEwan Park, Petone – Saturday 7 December, 9pm onwards.

Be part of one of the 50 major sleep-out events happening globally.

A sleep out is a fundraising challenge that takes place outdoors, overnight – without a tent – to raise money and raise awareness for the issue of homelessness. Sleep out events are not intended to mimic or replicate what it is like to be homeless but instead offer a small insight into what it may be like for one night.

All funds raised will go towards the national growth of a special homelessness charity – OrangeSky (NZ) which works face-to-face with the most vulnerable each day. They receive the bulk of what will be raised with an extra contribution that will be made to the international recipients: UNICEF, the Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.

To attend the Lower Hutt event: 

Step 1: Register at worldsbigsleepout.org.nz

Step 2: Invite your friends to join you and fundraise for the cause
You will automatically be set up with an online fundraising page and provided with access to resources to make the most out of your participation.

Step 3: Grab your sleeping bags and take part!
You will be joining an expected 50,000 like minded people around the world, united in this act of global solidarity and support.

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