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Sleep over at the MCG to put youth homelessness to bed

The MCG is Melbourne's holy ground for cricket and AFL, but for one night a year it is also the site of a huge sleepover, as everyone from students to CEOs pack pyjamas, board games, scarves and beanies and sleep on a cardboard box to raise funds to combat youth homelessness.

This is the eighth year the MCG has been the home to Sleep at the 'G, and it is expected to be bigger than ever. This year's event is aiming to break 2019’s monumental attendance record of more than 200 sleepers, as well as last year’s ambitious fundraising target of $1.2 million, which funded the redevelopment of Frontyard, Melbourne City Mission’s pioneering 24-hour youth support service. 

MCM’s centres provide vital accommodation for young people who are couch surfing, sleeping rough or in other forms of unstable accommodation. On the night, campers will learn more about the issues facing young people, meet youth workers from the front-line and hear first-hand from youth who’ve experienced homelessness.

Tickets range from $55-$75 (including a soup dinner, basic breakfast and tea and coffee) and the mass sleep out will take place on Thursday, May 21. 

Head to sleepattheg.com.au to find out how to register as an individual, workplace or community group. Even if you can't commit to sleeping under the stars (or the rainclouds – the event is all-weather!), you can donate to help with this important cause.

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