Young industry leaders sleep out and raise over $150,000 for young homeless people

Young industry leaders sleep out and raise over $150,000 for young homeless people


In four Australian cities, over 200 young property and construction industry leaders slept out to experienced sleeping rough -  and raise crucial funds for homeless young people as part of the Property Industry Foundation’s StreetSLEEP event. The event sponsors were GroupGSA, Mitchell Brandtman and ADCO Constructions. The event took place in Sydney, Brisbane, and for the first time, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

StreetSLEEP in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne raised money for the Property Industry Foundation’s PIF House program which provides accommodation and vital support to at-risk and homeless young people. The Gold Coast event raised funds to employ a Family Therapist to support young people who are experiencing, or at-risk of homelessness, and their families.

Event Hosts supported the event by supplying great venues: The GPT Group (Brisbane), AMP Capital (Gold Coast), dexus (Sydney) and Secure Parking (Melbourne). Security was provided at all events by Event Supporter, Professional Caliber Security.

Rosemary Smithson, Chief Executive Officer, Property Industry Foundation said the industy’s enthusiasm for the events and the cause was clear.

“People in the industry are very interested in doing something on this issue and we’re so proud of the way so many slept out to learn more about homelessness – and raised this significant amount of money among their networks,” she said.


City-by-city wrap up



Wednesday 15 November.

Brisbane’s 4th annual StreetSLEEP  event saw sixty-four people from the industry sleep out at the Riverside Centre Food Court, Eagle Street, raising $42,627 so far. The team that raised the highest amount was from Mitchell Brandtman, raising $6,265 by the night. The top individual fundraiser was Luke Fraser from Howard Smith Wharves raising $3,389 by the event. Those who slept out heard from our Queensland Charity Partners Act for Kids and Brisbane Youth Services.


Gold Coast

Wednesday, 22 November.

At the inaugural Gold Coast StreetSLEEP at Pacific Fair, 30 people slept out and have raised $9,254 so far. The team from City of Gold Coast was the top fundraising team raising $2,430 and the top individual fundraiser was Camille Kirwan, City of Gold Coast Council, who raised $1,007.  Special guest speakers included Mission Australia staff working at the coalface of youth homelessness on the Gold Coast.



Thursday, 23 November.

Sydney StreetSLEEP returned for its 5th year with over 100 people sleeping out and raising a total of over $90,000 so far.

Speakers, representing the three main sponsors, talked on the importance of the event: Mark Sheldon (Group GSA), Simon Brandtman (Mitchell Brandtman) and Richard Lennox (ADCO Constructions).

The top fundraising team was Frasers Property Australia with $21,910 by the event. The top individual fundraiser was Radovan Drca from Frasers Property Australia, raising $5,970 by the event.

There were some great prizes for the night. Thanks to Hilton Hotels for providing a prize of a night for two including breakfast. A $50 voucher was provided by Pattison’s Pattiserie.

Thanks to Smeg for the delicious BBQ and catering and Jillian’s cakes for lovely brownies, cakes and banana bread.



Thursday, 23 November.

StreetSLEEPers experienced something of living on the streets with the unpredictable Melbourne weather. The event has raised $20,066 so far.

The team that raised the highest amount was from ISPT, raising $3,423 by the night. The top individual fundraiser was Huey Tran from APN Property Group raising $1,676 by the event.

Two young performers from the Jesuit Social Services’ Artful Dodgers Studios played great music and then participated in a panel discussion with Paulie Stewart, Artful Dodgers Program Mentor and front man of the iconic 80’s band, Painter and Dockers.

The two young performers, Jalmar and Clement, had experienced difficult challenges in their lives. They spoke on how opportunities and belief in themselves were important for young people finding their way in life.

Thanks to Secure parking for providing vouchers for the top three fundraisers.

Please sponsor people from the industry who slept out. Visit the StreetSLEEP website