A big thank you to all who participated in the Link Housing Home Sweet 2017 event and made it the great success that it was.
A lot of hard work went into creating a community event that ran smoothly and to our delight far exceeded the goal of $100k raising over $120k. The Burdekin Association would like to thank Link Housing, all the Home Sweet 2017 sponsors and donors, participants, volunteers and those who took the time to share on social media. Without all of this support it could not have happened.
Check out the wonderful video wrap up of the event!
‘Home Sweet 2017’ also raised awareness about youth homelessness and its causes. The problems leading to youth homelessness can happen anywhere, even in seemingly affluent communities like the Northern Beaches.
Mr McAnulty says the community response has been amazing. “We’ve had donations, feedback and enquiries from sports groups, schools and families. We would like to thank all those who helped make it a success and encourage the community to consider getting involved in Home Sweet 2018.”
Justene Gordon, Chief Executive of The Burdekin Association says it shows enormous generosity and vision for Link Housing to have organised the event. “We could not have hoped for a better result. As well as the extra funds – so we can provide more services to more young people – there is now more awareness of the causes and extent of youth homelessness on the Northern Beaches. Home Sweet 2017 has directly benefitted the whole community, and as this is the first of many, it will have a really solid long term impact too.”
Read the official press release: Homeless youth campaign exceeds goal and some wonderful photos below from the event – are you in any of them?
Special thanks again to the major sponsors: Bendigo Bank, PwC and Community Sector Banking
Special thanks to our community partners who organised the event!
Link Housing Ltd is one of the oldest not-for-profit community housing providers in NSW having been formed in 1983. We have a history of providing affordable rental accommodation to people on very low to moderate incomes. Link is a Tier 1 registered community housing provider with more than 1500 homes under management. We have an independent skills-based Board, and the skills and financial capacity to deliver new ideas, concepts, and growth.
The planning and recruiting for Home Sweet 2017:
What is it?
It’s a sleepover that will be held on Friday September 15th, at Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club which aims to raise more than $100,000, which will go directly to The Burdekin Association – yes that’s right we are the lucky sole recipients!
Here are just a few images from the official launch:
We are aiming to raise awareness that this is an issue not just on the Northern Beaches but throughout Sydney. Early investment in housing and support creates such positive outcomes … Together we can make a difference. With thanks to all our sponsors and sleepees for 2017.”
Andrew McAnulty, Link Housing
Link Housing and the Burdekin have a long history together supporting youth on the Northern Beaches – over 25 years and so this fundraiser is really special to us.
We are really excited that our CEO Justene and staff members Neil and Warren will all be sleeping over at the event. They will hopefully be joined by many of our local community who want to take part and they invite you to join them too! What if you can’t? How about you sponsor Justene here or someone else or simply just donate?
The main fundraising page for the event is over at www.homesweetraisely.com, where you can go to donate, see the people who are participating (including Justene), others who are donating and hopefully see the dollars rising steadily. You will also find further details about the event, like how to get involved and/or sponsored, the event itself, what to bring/wear etc and for more information. Here is another link to Link Housing Home Sweet 2017 website.
We are so thankful to Link Housing for this amazing opportunity to help local youth. The importance of a safe home for young people and the extent of homelessness on the Northern Beaches must not be underestimated – it is a very real and growing problem.
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Having lived on the northern beaches for most of my childhood and early adulthood, I cannot think of a greater way of being raised near the beaches and experiencing the lifestyle that the north offers. It breaks my heart to think that unnecessary pressures and circumstances have led to the increase in homelessness for the youth on the northern beaches.
All of us at Custance welcome the opportunity to support such a cause. Our practice delivers social and affordable housing all over NSW. We have been working with community housing groups and government sectors in delivering affordable and assisted housing for many years. This cause draws on my past and the work we do to improve people’s lives. Great cause, thank you Burdekin for making this happen and Link Housing for hosting this event.”
We are architects. We see a lot of wealth and privilege in the course of our work. It prompts us to lend support to worthy causes like this one.”
Thomson Geer continues to proud to be associated with Link Housing and to be able to make a pledge to this worthy cause.”
Event hosts –
Link Housing are producing Home Sweet 2017 for The Burdekin Association. The partnership was a natural progression, says Link Housing Chief Executive Office Andrew McAnulty. “Link Housing and the Burdekin have been working together for 25 years supplying accommodation and support to youth in need. Now more than ever, we need to reach out and support those young people, who, often through no fault of their own, have no-one supporting them and nowhere to go.”
About Link Housing:
Link Housing Ltd is one of the oldest not-for-profit community housing providers in NSW having been formed in 1983/84. We have a history of providing affordable rental accommodation to people on very low to moderate incomes. Link is a Tier 1 registered community housing provider with more than 1500 homes in management. We have an independent skills-based Board, and the skills and financial capacity to deliver new ideas, concepts, and growth.