Savills Supports Real Estate Sleep Out - Getting Our Youth Off the Streets

24 August 2016

On Monday 22 August, over 100 people braved the cold to sleep out on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach to support Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets charity and raising $132,616.

This fantastic initiative was organised by Damien Cooley, of Cooley Auctions, who has over the years worked very closely with Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets programme.

As a very active supporter of the Sydney based charity, Damien had been thinking about an initiative of this scale for quite some time. This year, Damien decided to bring his idea into fruition.

Striving to make that difference, Damien launched the first Real Estate Sleep Out; inspiring the real estate industry to get together and sleep out to raise awareness and funds for Youth Off The Streets.

“The wind got up at about 3am but I think everyone had a pretty good sleep and it really was an iconic experience sleeping on Bondi Beach,” said Damien, before presenting a cheque to Father Chris Riley who arrived in the morning to thank attendees for their support.

Shayne Harris, Director of Savills Residential and Genevieve Mayoh of Savills Residential said with only a plastic bag to protect us all from the rain, and sleeping bags to brave the 3.8 degree wind chill factor, we could begin to understand what it was to be homeless, even if only for one night.

“We often take for granted that we have homes to go to, and by sleeping outdoors for the night, alongside many of our colleagues, we are showing our support for the less fortunate for whom homelessness is a nightly reality,” they said.

“It was inspiring to see so many Savills staff get involved with this cause, particularly staff who would not be considered the outdoors type, and raising $25,000.”

Homelessness is often a result of a number of complex issues which can include: chronic shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, intergenerational poverty, financial crisis, long term unemployment, economic and social exclusion, severe and persistent mental illness and psychological distress, as well as exiting state care.

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse. Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.

Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.

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