On a cold winter’s night in 1988, a small but passionate group of Mission Australia (then known as Sydney City Mission) staff huddled together in the Sydney CBD for the first ever Sleepout.
Their goal was to raise awareness about Australia’s growing homelessness problem, and raise funds to support children, adults and families who didn’t have a safe place to rest their heads.
They could never have dreamed that in 2018 Mission Australia would be celebrating 30 years of the Sleepout, after raising more than $3 million and helping over five million disadvantaged Australians since that night.
Join the special 30 Years of Sleepout celebration. This is your chance to continue the tradition started by those pioneering social justice warriors three decades ago, and support the vital work Mission Australia has been doing with Australians in need for more than 155 years.
The Sleepout encourages people across the country to get sponsored for spending a night somewhere that isn’t their usual sleeping place, such as a classroom or office, school or church hall, or outside.
Hosting a Sleepout is a great way for you to make a positive impact in the community by raising awareness and critically needed funds for vital homelessness services
Want to get involved but don’t want to sleep out? No worries! Why not host a 1988-themed party, collect a gold coin donation, hold a morning tea, or come up with a creative idea of your own?