About Sleep at the 'G 2018
Melbourne City Mission supports over 5,000 people a week. But with over 7,000 young people homeless in our city, too many are falling through the gaps… and the consequences are devastating. We can reach them all. But we need your help to do it.
No young person should be forced into unsafe housing, someone else’s couch or, in some cases, out on the street of the ‘world’s most livable city’.
Sleep at the ’G is your chance to raise awareness and vital funds for our life-changing work. This year our annual mass sleepover at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) takes place on Thursday 17 May 2018. Hosted by Melbourne City Mission, it’s made possible through the amazing support of our major partner, Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC).
HOMELESSNESS CRISIS: URGENT ACTION IS REQUIRED
Homelessness is one of the worst ways to be socially disadvantaged. And although violence, abuse and trauma are the major drivers into homelessness for young people, it can put them in ever more traumatic situations. Plus, they’re often disconnected from family, schooling and opportunities. And worst of all, the longer homelessness lasts, the harder it is to restart your life again. Homelessness becomes entrenched – the only way to survive. Without support of organisations like Melbourne City Mission, a young person can become trapped in the cycle of poverty, and lose all hope of reaching their full potential.
You can help break this cycle… when you Sleep at the ’G!
By sleeping out at the MCG and raising vital funds to support Melbourne City Mission’s work, you’ll be 'standing alongside' a young Victorian who has been forced into unsafe housing, someone else’s couch or even onto the streets.
You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the issues facing young people and hear first-hand from our youth workers who are working directly with those effected.
One hundred percent of 2017 participants said they’d recommend the experience to others. And many felt a real sense of pride waking up at the MCG – knowing they’d raised funds to provide refuge, emergency accommodation and essential services for young people… Even if they had sore, tired bodies the next morning!
“One night of slight discomfort is a very small price to pay to help those without the same privileges we have.” – Yin (Sleeper, 2017)
“I actually feel like I can make a difference with this, and the feeling you get when you wake up sore the next day, but knowing that your participation will hopefully mean that a young person gets to sleep in a bed, in safety from now on is a feeling that is indescribably good.” – Marcus (Sleeper, 2017)
“What an amazing opportunity to sleep at one of the greatest sporting stadiums in the world, but also support what is such an important needed charity.” – Tom (Donor, 2017)
If you believe everyone deserves a secure and safe place to call home, register now for Sleep at the ’G.