The Big Sleep Out aims to raise $350k for the homeless

Airedale Property Trust chief executive Bruce Stone, kips down at AUT University during the Lifewise Big Sleepout 2016.
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Airedale Property Trust chief executive Bruce Stone, kips down at AUT University during the Lifewise Big Sleepout 2016.

Stripped of their creature comforts, business and community leaders will spend a night on cold concrete to tackle homelessness.

Social development agency Lifewise is calling on all movers and shakers to take part in the annual Big Sleepout. 

Chief executive of Lifewise Moira Lawler said homelessness remains a big issue and more needs to be done for the most vulnerable people in the community.

"In Auckland there are nearly 20,000 people experiencing homelessness. Half of them are under 25. Let's look after them … people who need a hand up not a handout."

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A study by University of Otago, Wellington, showed that at least one in every 100 people were homeless in 2013. 

According to census numbers, in 2001 28,649 people were homeless out of total population of 3.74 million, or one in 130 people..

In 2013 41,705 out of 4.24 million people were homeless.

The Big Sleepout on July 6 at Auckland's AUT City campus aims to raise funds that will go towards Ending Youth Homelessness.

Last year's sleepout saw 130 participants who helped raised more than $300,000, but this time in its eighth year, the event is aiming to raise at least $350,000. 

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Lifewise said those taking part will raise money through donations from family, friends, colleagues and the public.

People could nominate their chief executive or sign up themselves to rough it for a night here.

 - Stuff

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