NSW Breakers captain Alyssa Healy is one of several star Australian athletes who will forgo the comfort of their own beds this Sunday night in the hope their efforts will change the lives of thousands of homeless youths, who do not have a safe place to sleep every night, all around the country.
The Chappell Foundation’s Sports Stars Sleepout is this year being moved from its normal location at the SCG to balconies and backyards, due to the current pandemic restrictions in New South Wales.
The Sleepout aims to raise $100,000 for homeless youths with funds raised going directly to a variety of essential youth services including Back Track Youth Works, WAYS, Stepping Stone House, Ecumenical Coffee Brigade, Raw Potential and Taldumande Youth Services.
It will be Healy’s third sleepout since participating in the very first sleepout three years ago.
She joins Australian captain Meg Lanning as well greats Matthew Hayden AM, Mitchell Johnson and founder Greg Chappell.
Cricket NSW Board Member Ed Cowan and fellow former Blues including Phil Emery, Trevor Chappell and Matt Nicholson will also participate.
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“Youth homelessness is something we probably don’t think about or talk about too much, (but there are) over 30,000 people under the age of 25 that are sleeping out every night,” Healy said.
“Normally, we’re really fortunate we get to come together at the SCG and sleep out together and have a big event, but this year obviously that not being possible, we’ve managed to do it virtually.
“It’s been great to incorporate lots of other athletes and people from right around the country to get involved, and that’s really cool.
“It’s great to see them jump on board. It’s obviously a really important issue and it’s not just here in NSW, it’s right around the country, so it’s great to have everyone’s support.”
Healy is a proud Chappell Foundation Ambassador and the Sleepout event is spearheaded by ICC Hall of Famer and NSW great Lisa Sthalekar.
The Chappell Foundation is a volunteer organisation that was founded in 2017 by Australian great Greg Chappell which has raised almost $4m to support homeless youth.
You can see the full list of participants and donate here: www.sportsstarssleepout.com