Blog by Dr. Sheena Macleod
The One Million Project (OMP), a non-profit making group, raising money and awareness for homelessness and cancer globally, are delighted to support Emma Short and Emma Park in their sleep-out to raise funds and awareness of homelessness in Scotland.
Emma Short and Emma Park are attending Sleep in the Park, the world’s largest ever sleep-out event organised by Edinburgh Homelessness Charity, Social Bite. They will be joining about 9,000 other participants who will sleep rough in Edinburgh’s city centre with the aim of raising £4m to eradicate homelessness in Scotland.
Emma Short and Emma Park are excited to take part in this event, which takes place in West Princes Street Gardens on Saturday 9 December 2017. By sleeping out in the cold overnight, they, along with the other participants will experience what homeless people experience every day.
By working together with local people and community groups, Social Fund aims to raise awareness of homelessness They want to stop the existing sticky plaster mentality and get to the root issues and eradicate homelessness over a five year period. In partnership with Local Authorities, they plan to provide housing, rehabilitation and job opportunities alongside support to help homeless people get back on their feet.
Ultimately, Social Bite wants Scotland to be at the forefront of eradicating homelessness as an example for the rest of the world to follow.
In total, 9,000 people will be sleeping overnight in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh. Comedian, Rob Brydon, is hosting the event and attendees will be entertained by an impressive line-up of A-list artists before bedding down for a cold night in the open. They will enjoy sets from Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue, Amy Macdonald, Frightened Rabbit and other surprise guests. John Cleese will be reading a bedtime story.
Attendees will hear of his support of the cause from Sir Bob Geldof, who will also be sleeping out overnight along with a host of other celebrities, sports personalities, and figures from across Scotland’s political parties.
Emma Short and Emma Park are pretty excited to be sleeping out. Arnold Clark are one of the Sleep In the Park sponsors, and Emma Short won their tickets through them. The only thing Emma Short and Emma Park had to do was pay a £100 donation and raise more money for the cause. Arnold Clark will double whatever they raise. Fifty of Arnold Clark’s employees are going, and between them, they aim to raise about 10k.
When Emma Short won their tickets through work, they decided to raise as much money as possible. They plan on taking two sleeping bags and two camping chairs. Emma Short thinks her and Emma Park will drink hundreds of cups of tea between them. The OMP think this is well deserved, and congratulate them in advance of their venture.
No tickets are being sold for Sleep in the Park. People can only attend by reaching fundraising targets and accepting the sleep-out challenge. Find out more and sign up at sleepinthepark.co.uk.
As part of their attendance at Sleep In the Park, Emma Short and Emma Park are running a fundraiser. You can support them on – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=ac-balfield-road&pageUrl=2