Stepping Stone House, an unparalleled charity providing long-term accommodation and care for local homeless youth, are hosting their biggest fundraising event of the year, Sleep Under the Stars, on Friday 27th October 2017 – and they need your support to truly make a difference.

Now in its third consecutive year, Sleep Under the Stars is an overnight fundraiser held at Hickson Road Reserve, under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Corporate teams and families will come together to sleep in cardboard shelters, helping Stepping Stone House to raise $225,000 to provide housing, care and education for 8 homeless young people for 1 whole year!

On the night, participants will enjoy a shelter building competition, marshmallows around the open fires and stories shared by formerly homeless young people, as well as live music by former contestant on The Voice, Jake Howden, and TIWI, a local acoustic duo.

Given that 42% of homeless people in Australia are under 25 [1], CEO of Stepping Stone House, Jason Juretic, believes that Sleep Under the Stars is a timely opportunity to make a transformational difference in the lives of homeless young people in Sydney.

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A little-known reality is that homelessness is most commonly experienced as couch surfing. With no stability or family support – especially in a city as expensive as Sydney – it can be very, very difficult for young people to complete Year 12, find employment and also seek help for mental health issues and trauma, which affect over half of homeless youth [2].

Stepping Stone House paves the way for young people who have experienced trauma to achieve milestones such as finishing high school, becoming financially secure and ultimately building a brighter future.

“Through our ‘Stepping Stones to Independence’ learning model, we equip young people with the life skills to become independent, self-sufficient adults and fulfil their potential,” said Mr Juretic. 

To help Stepping Stone House continue to accommodate and support homeless youth in Sydney, we need your help to further spread the word. We call on all Sydneysiders to register or join a team, come along to Sleep Under the Stars on Friday 27th October and donate generously to this important cause!

About Stepping Stone House 

For more than 25 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 – 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment.

Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the not-for-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families.

Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family.

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