THE WORLD’S BIG SLEEP OUT LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO FIND THE UK’S BEST BUSKERS AND STREET PERFORMERS
GLOBAL EVENT TAKING PLACE IN 50 CITIES
SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2019
The World’s Big Sleep Out are looking for the UK’s best buskers and street performers to compete for a spot at one of their Sleep Out events throughout the country on Saturday 7th December.
The winners will have the opportunity to perform in London at either Trafalgar Square or The Oval, Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Exhibition Park in Newcastle, Trinity College in Dublin, Stormont Estate in Belfast, Rodney Parade in Newport, Cardiff Castle, Hove Lagoon in Brighton or Lime Square in Manchester in front of thousands of people who are sleeping out in solidarity with those experiencing homelessness and displacement.
To submit an entry, simply take a short video of yourself or a busker you want to nominate and post tagging the follow handles: Twitter @BigSleepOuts / Facebook – @theworldsbigsleepout / Instagram @worldsbigsleepout or send a direct message with full details including contact details and location to those accounts. Entries for the competition are open until midnight on Sunday 17th November.
There will also be a people’s choice slot at each event, voted for by the public. The poll will open on 19th November and fans are encouraged to vote for their favourite entrant simply by liking the relevant post on the event’s social media platforms. The entries with the most likes will win a top spot at their local World’s Big Sleep Out event.
The final winners will be revealed on 29th November.
On Saturday 7th December, the world will unite to help fight homelessness with what is thought to be the largest charitable fundraising campaign in a generation. With an aim of raising $50,000,000, The World’s Big Sleep Out, spearheaded by Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of social enterprise Social Bite, will take place in up to 50 locations around the world.
Cities and towns confirmed to be taking part include: London (Trafalgar Square and The Oval), New York (Times Square), Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Chicago, Cardiff, Newcastle, Newport, Brighton, Manchester, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Santiago, Madrid, Brisbane, Manila, Wacken, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Jose (Costa Rica), and Singapore.
People are urged to register for an official event or sign up to “Host Your Own” sleep out in their backyard, office car park, high school or university campus by visiting www.bigsleepout.com.
Registration is now open with each participant committing to fundraising as much as they can. 100% of funds raised will go towards homelessness charities, with a 50/50 split between local and global charities helping homeless and displaced people.
It is hoped that an estimated 50,000 participants will collectively achieve a fundraising target of $50,000,000 which will be invested to sustainably help around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people all over the world. As well as benefiting local charities, international partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Social Bite started as a sandwich shop on Rose Street in Edinburgh in August 2012 and has now grown to a major driving force in tackling homelessness in Scotland.
One quarter of Social Bite’s staff are homeless and the charity has received visits from Hollywood superstars Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney.
Social Bite’s 2017 and 2018 Sleep in Park events in Scotland raised almost £8million and saw more than 18,000 people sleeping out. Video from the events can be seen at www.vimeo.com/246949595
Social Bite is the largest distributor of free fresh food to the homeless in the UK, giving out more than 100,000 items of food and hot drinks per year.
With funds raised from Sleep in the Park events, The Social Bite Village was built in May 2018 with 20 people now housed in the bespoke accommodation. The charity also launched a nationwide program to bring 830 rough sleepers off the streets into their own accommodation with support.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, it is working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes, and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
The Institute of Global Homelessness
The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) supports an emerging global movement to end street homelessness. Based in Chicago at DePaul University, IGH partners with key global cities to develop local leaders, set metrics, scale successes, and drive advocacy – all to accelerate progress in reducing and ending homelessness. IGH envisions a world where everyone has a place to call home – a home that offers security, safety, autonomy, and opportunity. Learn more about IGH’s work at www.ighomelessness.org.
Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead. Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education invests in local education leaders and amplifies the voices of girls fighting for change. Learn more at malala.org.