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In light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, and the guidelines announced by the government of New Zealand, it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Lifewise Big Sleepout #BSO2020

However, we also know that people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping do not enjoy the same privileges or choices. They are unable to protect themselves and their whānau from disease and infection. And they need your support and participation to help create real choices and pathways out of homelessness.

While we determine how you can participate in our vision for ending and preventing homelessness, please consider making a donation, subscribing to our newsletter, and following us on your favourite social media channel. Together we can create connected, just, and inclusive communities. Nga mihi nui.

Meet Auckland's #BSO2019 Rough Sleepers

What is the Big Sleepout?

The Lifewise Big Sleepout is our annual flagship fundraising event. It's your opportunity to show the world how committed you are to ending homelessness.

On one cold night in the middle of winter, you will "sleep rough" on cold concrete. Stripped of your creature comforts, you will get a taste of what homelessness feels like. Your commitment is rewarded by donations from family, friends, and colleagues. Every dollar you raise goes towards Lifewise’s work towards ending and preventing homelessness.

The Lifewise Big Sleepout has supported some of our most innovative work. Lifewise Merge Café on Auckland’s iconic Karangahape Road, Lifewise’s Mana Whanua or Intensive In-Home Parenting Support, and the Housing First programme are only three examples.

By "sleeping rough" for one night, you can create a better New Zealand for some of our most vulnerable communities.

Apart from the experience of "rough sleeping", the Lifewise Big Sleepout is also an unmatched opportunity to meet some inspiring people who have survived and escaped homelessness. It is also a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity, outside of a boardroom, to meet some of New Zealand's most influential leaders. 

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About Lifewise

Lifewise is a community and social development organisation based in Auckland and Rotorua. We develop new ways to solve challenging social issues, and work with families, older people, people with disabilities, and people at risk of homelessness to turn lives around. Lifewise’s roots trace back over 150 years within the Methodist Church of New Zealand, and the organisation has since changed and developed to meet the needs of those who need help.