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Sleepout for Soul reimagined


A reimagined event is calling on the community to spread kindness and generosity from home.

The Sleepout for Soul at Home event hopes to raise funds and awareness for local charity Soul Café on Friday 29 May.

The funds will be used to help the service continue to provide hot meals and a gathering place for the disadvantaged across the community.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the need for the organisation’s services, social isolation means the traditional fundraising event is not possible.

Newcastle-based group Collective Heart has reimagined the event in a bid to help the Soul Café team focus its efforts on those who need it.

“Sleepout for Soul at Home is a response to the needs for Soul Café to offer their services,” Founder Matt Linnert says.

“But they are under constraints at the moment, given the pandemic, to run their usual annual fundraiser.

“We were talking to [Soul Café Chief Executive] Rick Prosser and he said they weren’t able to dedicate resources to rethinking the Sleepout for Soul because their volunteers are under so much pressure.

“So, Collective Heart worked towards putting together a fundraiser at home.

“We’re hoping it will be a really nice thing for families to get involved in [and] given that there are so many events cancelled it gives young people the chance to contribute to the community.”

In 2019 the Sleepout for Soul event raised $150,000 which enabled Soul Café to provide hundreds of free meals to those in need.

This year’s fundraiser encourages participants to create a campsite anywhere in their home, with Soul Sleepers to connect via a Facebook event page on the night.

There will be activities for all ages such as Tik Tok dance competitions, bands and performers, awards for creative campsites and fancy dress, an auction and much more.

Go to Collective Heart’s Sleepout for Soul at Home webpage for more information or to register.  

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