Looking outside at the moment the skies are cold and mostly wet, so who, in their right mind, would want to sleep out on the street? And why would I want to join them? On Friday 24 October, Spitalfields Market in central London will host the Big City Sleep. I will be joining others sleeping out for the night in order to raise money for the 24,000 or so children who sleep out on streets every night in Brazil.
The money raised will go to charities like ABC Trust who work directly with vulnerable children in Brazil. I will be joining Tiffany Garside, the charities' CEO, and other workers who have put their sleeping bags where their mouth is for the night. Here is a short film made about the event last year:
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Sleeping under cardboard at the Big City Sleep - image from video
If you would like to be part of this then you can be either sponsoring us, or, if you are brave enough, sign up and join us for the night. Registration costs £25 with a £150 fundraising target for the night. This short film will give you some information about what they do in Brazil and the impact it is having on children's lives.
For those who attend, the night does contain some activities to help keep us warm (at least for a part). These will include a silent disco (yep, I wonder what that will be like too), authentic Brazilian dance lessons, great food and art, a wonderful DJ, the chance to contribute to a cardboard favela and a super secret film screening that has yet to be announced.
ABC Trust worked hard to raise the profile of children in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup. Every 90 minutes a child in Brazil is murdered in gang and drug related violence. This means that during every football (or rugby) match you watch, a child will be killed. If this statistic shocks you, and you want to make a difference, then you can by giving to the Big City Sleep or donate directly to ABC Trust and other organisations that are working in this field.