Sir Chris Hoy and Josh little has join hundreds of people for a sleep out organized by Social Bite to raise funds for their planned project of providing affordable accommodation for homeless people.
The Olympic cycling legend and some of the most influential and wealthiest citizens of Scotland, had in an attempt to raise funds for the new village for the homeless, begun a sleep out to show support for the initiative.
Social Bite plans to start a project to provide an affordable, supervised and safe living environment for up to 20 homeless people with 10 purpose-built homes in Granton, Edinburgh. The required fund for the project is estimated at £500,000.
As part of the strategies to raise the fund, about 300 people began gathering at the Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square on Thursday night, with an intention to sleep rough through the night till Friday morning, when they will be served breakfast by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Despite the cold winter, with a temperature projected to be 7oC-8oC, the gathered crowed seem to be in high spirit and pleased to show support for the initiative. Sir Chris Hoy took to the stage to speak about why he got involve in the sleep out,
“It’s simple really, it’s just such a fantastic cause and to see the impact that it is having, it is such a simple to do from my perspective. It’s such a great cause and ambition to create this village and if we can raise enough funds tonight and raise enough awareness we are doing something special.”
Tresspass had generously donated about £40,000 worth of camping equipment, which were giving to each participant before entering the site. Some of the camping equipment given includes; a sleeping bag, ground sheet and a survival bag. The items will be collected after the event and donated to homeless people across Scotland.
With the funds available, the project will begin early next year, and is expected to be completed by summer.