Sleepout raises $75,000-plus for homeless youngsters

Thirty-three elite sportspeople slept rough on August 1 to raise more than $75,500 for The Chappell Foundation’s annual Sports Stars Sleepout.

Though conducted under difficulties because of Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 event raised the second largest amount of any of our Sleepouts.

The entire proceeds will be distributed among our frontline partners in the struggle against youth homelessness.

With the Sydney Cricket Ground unavailable during the city’s Covid lockdown, our sporting friends spent the night on couches, balconies and in backyards around the nation and one group slept out on a Tasmanian oval.

They met up on the night by Zoom to share insights and experiences and to hear guest speaker Jason Blaiklock, a chief executive these days but once a young rough sleeper.

The Sleepout session was also broadcast on The Chappell Foundation’s Facebook page.

“It was a great turnout by a concerned and considerate group of sportspeople and a splendid response from their supporters,” said Foundation chairman Darshak Mehta.

“Great credit too goes to our Sleepout co-ordinator Lisa Sthalekar and the other directors who helped organise the event.

“We hope conditions will normalise so the 2022 Sports Stars Sleepout can return to the SCG,” said Darshak.

“But what we’ve learned this year will help us make future Sleepouts truly national events.”

The Chappell Foundation acknowledges and thanks Peter FitzSimons; Ed Cowan; Annabel, Will and James Sutherland; Phil Emery; Craig Stevens; Louise Sauvage and John Eales; Molly Strano, Elyse Villani and Nicola Carey; Mitchell Johnson; Trevor Chappell; James Allen; Allison Yeoland; Jonathan Moss; Greg Chappell; Najat Khoury; Julie Murray; Matthew Hayden; Alyssa Healy; Matt Nicholson; John Maclean; Kate McShea; Dianne Cleary; Tony Dell; Alicia Ferguson; Meg Lanning; Jimmy Smith; Pat Howard; Melissa Barbieri; and Sunni Hughes.

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