Lifewise has more than $150,000 in its coffers after last week’s Big Sleepout in AUT University’s Hikuwai Plaza.
The event sees business and community leaders, and politicians swap their creature comforts for concrete for one night to raise awareness and funds for Auckland’s homeless.
Lifewise has given a special shout-out to their top five fundraisers whose cumulative efforts raised $38,000; Kiri Barfoot of Barfoot & Thompson, Michele Bollinger of Kimberly-Clark, Murray Crane of Crane Brothers, Henry Lynch of NZ Association of Credit Unions and Mike Marr of Advanced Security Group.
The event was hosted by AUT and nine staff from the University joined Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack to sleep outside on the night.
“The funds raised are critical to keeping our doors open,” says Lifewise’s general manager John McCarthy. “I’d also like to thank AUT University for once again getting right behind the event.”