World’s Big Sleep Out aims to raise millions for homeless

Will Smith will perform a bedtime story to participants of the World’s Big Sleep Out in Times Square, New York, while Dame Helen Mirren will tell a bedtime story to participants of this event in Trafalgar Square, London in December. Image Collab: Supplied & Anni Roenkae

Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, celebrities, musicians, Olympians, politicians, business professionals, acting royalty and an expected 50 000 people across the world will unite to fight homelessness in the World’s Big Sleep Out on 7 December. This event, one of the largest charitable campaigns, by Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite, a charity in Scotland, will take place in cities worldwide and aims to raise $50 million to help one million homeless and displaced people across the world.

Research by the Institute of Global Homelessness shows figures have reached a new level with more than a 100 million people homeless and displaced around the world. In New York City, the World’s Big Sleep Out will take place in Times Square where actor Will Smith will perform a ‘bedtime story’ to participants braving the cold. There will also be live acoustic music performances throughout the world with the line-up announced over the coming months.

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