Sleepover was for a great cause
May 23, 2014
On Thursday May 22 more than 1200 hearty souls chose not to sleep under the stars but instead to sleep inside the MCG in the name of charity.
For the second consecutive year, Melbourne Cricket Club partnered with Melbourne City Mission to host Sleep at the ‘G, an event to raise money and awareness of the issue of youth homelessness in Victoria.
On any given night, thousands of homeless people sleep on the streets in our state and city.
This event aimed to replicate their experience by providing participants with an opportunity to sleep out in the elements for one night, albeit within the confines of a stadium.
With only cardboard to sleep on and soup and bread rolls for dinner, participants braved the cold conditions sleeping on the MCG’s internal concourse.
Despite the single-digit temperature, spirits were high as the group enjoyed entertainment from local street performers and live music from Hunters 'n' Collectors frontman Marc Seymour and Magic Dirt founder Adalita.
The night proceeded without any trouble, and all participants were relieved at the sight of a morning coffee before departing the ‘G for work or home, better for the experience.
The event has this year raised almost $450,000 so far - an outstanding effort in just its second year.
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