They spend their working hours helping people to get into new houses, but members of the real estate industry will take some time to think about those who do not have a home during the annual Real Estate Sleep Out.
The Auction Group principal Gordon Macdonald, who frequently works on the Sunshine Coast, will join many other professionals to spend a night in Brisbane’s Reddacliff Place on July 26.
The event is an awareness and fundraiser for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets, a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who are homeless, drug dependent or recovering from abuse.
Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.
Established as a single food van in 1991, there are now 35 services linked with the organisation, including aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, drug services, counselling and residential programs.
Mr Macdonald says on any given night in Australia, more than 44,000 young people are homeless.
“We want to make a difference to these kids’ lives. Please help us to allow these kids to have a chance and break the cycle of disadvantage,” he says.
“I’m inspired by the work that Youth Off The Streets do, so I wanted to raise money for them as part of my participation in Real Estate Sleep Out.”