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One cold night for CQUni team delivers big boost for Melbourne’s homeless

Published:21 May 2018

CQUni Melbourne's Sleep at the G team braved a cold night out and raised more than $8500 for Melbourne City Mission.

Melbourne’s autumn is not known for its temperate climate – and the concrete stands of the city’s famous MCG have never been called comfy.

But that’s where 13 intrepid CQUni Melbourne staff and students spent a chilly and sleepless night on Thursday 17 May – to raise funds for Melbourne City Mission’s biggest-ever homelessness project.

The annual Sleep at the ‘G event is attracts individuals and corporate teams from across Victoria, in support of more than 6000 young people who are homeless across the state every night.

Led by Associate Vice-Chancellor (Victoria) Lara Carton, the CQUni Changemakers team raised more than $8500 in sponsorship – including a generous donation of $2500 from CQUni. (And donations are still coming - add yours here!)

“We had a great team sleeping out – and raising awareness across the campus, and across their communities, has really made a difference to young people who are facing homelessness."

“As part of the event, it was great to hear from former clients of Melbourne City Mission about their experience, and how its services helped turned their lives around – it really highlighted the direct impact our fundraising would make.”

Office of Social Innovation Program Manager Ashley Clarke was one of the team, and also did a CQUni Instagram takeover to share the events of the big night.

“We know our experience was nothing like being homeless, but it was a great way of getting a better understanding of what young people who sleep rough face every night – and doing something to help them,” Ashley said.

The CQUni team’s efforts contributed to a record-breaking fundraising total, of more than $900,000 – which will allow the not-for-profit to build a world-first youth support hub for Melbourne’s most vulnerable young people.

It’s just the latest way CQUni has supported the work of Melbourne City Mission.

Earlier this year, CQUni launched the social innovation orientation program iChange, which profiles a range of social enterprises and changemakers, including Melbourne City Mission CEO Vicki Sutton.

CQUni will officially launch iChange in Brisbane on 19 June, and more than 100 staff and students have already completed the innovative program for driving social change.

iChange and other practical social change opportunities are part of CQUniversity’s commitment to empower students with a social innovation mindset, and its international role as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus.

For more information about Office of Social Innovation activities in 2018, visit cqu.edu.au/socialinnovation.