Youth homelessness is an issue that is affecting more people every year – yet many Australians remain unaware of how bad this social issue has actually become. That is where management of the Gold Coast Suns have stepped in to help.
Saturday the 9th of August is the official date for the second annual Homeless Sleepout at Metricon stadium. This family-orientated event is run by the Gold Coast Suns Football club and aims to raise awareness of youth homelessness, as well as raising much needed funds. All money raised on the night is donated to three local charities, YHES House, Coast Youth Service and Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth Inc. and will be used to support families and young people who are experiencing homelessness.
Over 200 people attended the first annual sleepout and organisers say that they expect a higher number of attendees this year. The event kicks off at 2pm with the match between the Suns and the Blues televised live on the big screen, and also features live music, raffles, auctions, football-based activities for the kids and more.
Catering is available at the grounds, with Amore di Cucina hosting a soup kitchen, but families are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. Alcohol is not permitted in any form and is not available on the night – this is a dry event and security checks will be done at the door to ensure this. All family members are welcome but children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
It is not compulsory to stay the entire night and people are welcome to leave after the televised game. But if staying overnight, sleeping bags and other equipment are welcomed – as long as it can be carried into the grounds. This means campervans, caravans or larger camping equipment are not permitted. An undercover, concreted area is the designated sleeping area so people are encouraged to still attend if the weather turns bad.
Entry is free but a gold coin donation is requested to help raise funds. If you can’t make it on the night, donations can be made online via the Suns official page.
Players from the Gold Coast Suns who are not attending the match will be present to sign autographs and mingle with the crowd. Acting captain of the Gold Coast Suns says that ‘The Homeless Sleep-out at Metricon Stadium is a fantastic event that helps raise funds and awareness for those impacted by homelessness.’
If you’d like to register, visit the Gold Coast Suns page.