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Young property leaders rough it so homeless young people don't have to

Young property leaders rough it so homeless young people don't have to

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Over the past week, 194 young leaders from the property and construction industry slept out on the Gold Coast and in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with just a piece of cardboard to sleep on, raising a total of $139,885 - so far - for other young people who don’t have a safe place to sleep. It was all part of the Property Industry Foundation’s annual StreetSLEEP events. 

In Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane last night, participants raised $130,379 to help build homes for homeless young people as part of the Foundation’s PIF House Program. 

On the Gold Coast on 14 November, young leaders raised $9,506 to provide psychological support for at-risk and homeless young people and their families.  

Property Industry Foundation CEO Kate Mills said that as well as raising a substantial amount, the events were a great opportunity to hear from at-risk and homeless young people themselves and people who work directly with them. 

“Hearing first-hand about the issues these young people face, makes the issue so real for everyone participating,” she said. “These events are where people come to understand the complex factors that cause homelessness – and also have the chance to be part of the solution.”  

In Sydney, there was a panel discussion with three at-risk young people from the Foundation’s Charity Partners Marist180, Weave and KARI responding to a Q&A on what got them through the darkest times. 

In Melbourne, three young people from the Artful Dodgers program performed and then took part in a panel discussion. The program, run by Jesuit Social Service, trains at-risk and homeless young people to sing and perform as a way of building confidence and inspiring them. 

In Brisbane, Kim Richards MP, Karen McIntyre of Act for Kids and Darren Stockman and Chris Coutlis from Mission Australia each spoke of the work their respective organisations were doing in the youth homelessness, housing and support services. Kim Richards MP spoke about the importance of the property industry in reducing youth homelessness and encouraged the young leaders to continue to undertake community work to ‘give back’ to those less fortunate to ourselves.  

On the Gold Coast, Darren Stockman, Chris Coutlis and Ashlee O’Donohue spoke of the youth homelessness epidemic on the Gold Coast and how the Mission Australia ‘Reconnect’ program works with young people in a preventative way to avoid becoming homeless. Jeremy, a current client of the Reconnect program, spoke of how without the support of Mission Australia, he would likely be in a very different place. He now lives in a stable home and is planning to attend further studies.   

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Melbourne supporting sponsors: Caliber Security, Elizabeth Andrews Corporate Catering, ISPT, Mr Party Hire, yardparty.com.au.

Brisbane supporting sponsors: Caliber Security, Fire 'N' Dough Woodfired Pizza.