Student Village Melbourne (SVM) has raised more than $5000 at the first ever SVM Sleep Out in support of homeless youths, with CLV doubling their donation of over $2500.
In support of national charity, Backpack Bed for Homeless, residents abandoned their comfortable beds to raise funds and awareness for the 3000 Melbourne youths who sleep rough on the streets every night.
Dressed in PJs and armed with pillows and doonas, residents gathered in the study for a night of Xbox competitions on the big screen, jelly bean lucky draws, demos of the innovative Backpack Bed design, a sausage sizzle and movies into the early hours of the morning.
Donations were also gathered on-campus, with RAs creating a video to raise awareness of the challenges facing homeless youths in Melbourne.
“In an RA meeting we discussed what charities resonated with us as a team,” said Residential Life Duty Manager, Tracy Johnston. “The underlying cause was homelessness. The Backpack Beds provide immediate shelter to people on the streets – a human right for all.”
Funds raised provided over 50 homeless Melbournians with an award-winning sleeping bag designed to increase comfort, security and dignity for those who sleep on the streets.
“Backpack Beds for Homeless were an absolute pleasure to work with and recorded a personal thank you video to send directly to our residents,” said Tracy. “We are so pleased to have been able to make a difference to the lives of people who need them most, and also to CLV who generously doubled our donation!”
Find out more about Backpack Beds for Homeless.