Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens announced as Mission Australia’s Sleepout ambassadors
Mission Australia has announced Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens as its ambassadors for the organisation’s 30th Sleepout
Mission Australia has announced celebrities and best friends Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens as ambassadors for an upcoming campaign event.
The duo is pairing up for the 30th anniversary of Mission Australia’s Sleepout. The initiative invites individuals to spend a night away from beds to give a brief glimpse into the reality of 116,000 homeless Australians.
Known for battling it out on The Voice in 2012 and their skyrocketing musical careers, the pair is taking a stance against the increasing number homeless people in Australia.
“We’ve all seen people sleeping on the streets and perhaps felt a sense of helplessness, so here is an active way that we can all help those who are experiencing homelessness.
“Thousands of people are sleeping in unsafe environments, in cars, on couches and even in tents,” Barnes said. “We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help those who don’t have a safe place to call home.”
During the 30 years of the Sleepout campaign, the foundation has seen more than 50,000 people take part and raise over $3 million for vital homelessness services.
Mission Australia CEO, James Toomey, said: “We are so pleased to have Prinnie and Mahalia on board as Sleepout ambassadors to help raise awareness of issues surrounding homelessness and encourage our community to take action, host their own Sleepout and help fundraise much needed funds.”
Homelessness rates in Australia are increasing, largely in part to the escalating costs of rental properties and a lack of social and affordable housing. The foundation said there has never been a more critical time to expose the housing affordability crisis.
Stevens added that they wanted to see more Australians host their own Sleepout.
“We hope that by hosting their own Sleepout with friends, family or communities that this will give people some insight on what it feels like to not have the simple things in life that so many of us take for granted.”
Toomey said that Australia needs a national plan that commits to putting a complete end to homelessness by 2030 and addresses the main drivers like family violence, poverty and the lack of affordable housing.
“As part of this plan, we need clear targets at a national and local level to boost the supply of homes that are genuinely affordable and appropriate.”