World's Big Sleep Out with Will Smith
On Saturday, December 7th, the world will unite to help fight homelessness with what is thought to be the largest charitable fundraising campaign in a generation.
With an aim of raising $50 million, The World's Big Sleep Out, spearheaded by Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of social enterprise Social Bite, will take place in 50 cities around the world. Research by the Institute of Global Homelessness shows that figures have reached a new level with more than a 100 million people homeless and displaced around the world. In New York City alone, more people are now homeless than at any time since the Great Depression, and the number of homeless people and refugees in cities around the world continues to hit record highs with each passing year. Today, each of the city locations are confirmed along with a host of celebrities, musicians, Olympians, acting royalty, top broadcasters and influential politicians who will take part in sleep out events on the night, as part of an overall target number of 50,000 people, creating the world's largest display of solidarity to those experiencing homelessness and displacement.
In New York City, the sleep out will take place in Times Square where actor Will Smith will perform a "bedtime story" to participants braving the cold. 100% of the funds raised from the NYC event will go towards registered charities helping homeless and displaced people. Local NY charity beneficiaries include The Robin Hood Foundation, Breaking Ground, The Ali Forney Center, and The Coalition for the Homeless. CEO & President Mitchell Modell and Modell's Sporting Goods have donated 1600 sleeping bags for all Times Square participants to use that night, which will then be subsequently distributed through local charity partners to those in need.
There will also be stripped back, live acoustic music performances throughout the world with the line-up announced over the coming months. Cities and towns confirmed to be taking part include: London (Trafalgar Square), New York (Times Square), Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, New Delhi, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Vina Del Mar, Madrid, Rijeka, Kharkiv, Brisbane, Manila, Cebu, Amsterdam, Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Jose (Costa Rica), Malibu, Cardiff, Newcastle, Newport, Brighton, Manchester, Singapore. People are urged to register for an official event or sign up to "Host Your Own" sleep out in their backyard, office car park, high school or university campus by visiting www.bigsleepout.com. It is hoped that an estimated 50,000 participants will collectively achieve a fundraising target of $50 Million, which will be invested to sustainably help around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people around the world. As well as benefitting local charities, international partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.Venue: Times Square
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