A group of current and former elite athletes has raised more than $113,000 for homeless young people at the 3rd annual Sydney Cricket Ground Sports Stars Sleepout.
The Chappell Foundation chairman Darshak Mehta OAM hailed the sports stars and their sponsors at the August 3 Sleepout.
“The 30 athletes who participated this year have raised more than the total of our first two Sleepouts. It is a magnificent effort under really difficult conditions created by Covid-19 social distancing.”
Several participants, including TCF co-founder Greg Chappell MBE, had to do the sleepout remotely because of quarantine rules.
The rest slept out on the SCG with only sleeping bags and cardboard sheets for shelter.
“We started the Sleepout to express the solidarity of elite sportspeople with homeless youngsters, to focus community attention on this ongoing crisis and, of course, to raise funds for the struggle,” Darshak said.
“All those objectives were met and exceeded this year.”
Darshak also applauded Sleepout organiser and TCF director Lisa Sthalekar for her unflagging efforts and the SCG Trust’s generous donation of facilities and services.
“We look forward to deepening our partnership with the SCG Trust at future Sleepouts.”