Brisbane's Property Industry sleep rough to experience homelessness
On Wednesday 15 November at Brisbane’s Riverside Centre Forecourt, over 60 people slept out to get some sense of what it’s like to sleep rough. It was all part of the annual Brisbane StreetSLEEP17.
Participants have fundraised in excess of $45,000 that will go towards the PIF House program in Brisbane. Special mention to Mitchell Brandtman who were awarded high team fundraising honors, and Luke Fraser (Howard Smith Wharves), who was the highest individual fundraiser.
Those who slept out heard from speakers from two charities – Brisbane Youth Services and Act for Kids – both of whom the Foundation supports in Brisbane.
Dr Kaye Pickering, Regional Director, Act for Kids, spoke about how the Foundation was supporting their “integrated therapy approach” through funding a speech therapist at their facility in Ipswich.
Hannah (youth worker) from Brisbane Youth Services shared real life examples of the young people BYS are helping, as a result of funding from charities like the Foundation. She also shared information about the way in which she supports the young people living in Sandgate House (crisis accommodation, provided by BYS for homeless young people).
Participants were privileged enough to hear from two young people who live in the Sandgate House run by Brisbane Youth Services. Maddi and Joey very kindly shared their stories and experiences – the group was so touched and moved by their stories, and were so grateful for having the courage to speak in front of the group.
Both Act for Kids and Brisbane Youth Services celebrated their organisations long relationship with the Foundation and acknowledged that the Foundation allows them to continue to support their homeless and at risk clients.
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