School of Architecture

Friday 20 July 2018

In August, students, staff and leaders within Brisbane’s design community will sleep without shelter on one of the coldest nights of the year to help change the lives of South East Queensland women at risk of homelessness. 

Aiming for a record $25,000 in fundraising, the University of Queensland School of Architecture is hoping to not only raise awareness but also much needed funds to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Brisbane. Funds from the 2018 Winter Sleepout will support a new initiative developed by Second Chance Programme and Churches of Christ to support young women transitioning from state care that will allow them to establish stable and secure homes.

Now in its seventh year, and with a combined fundraising donation to date of over $65,000, The School of Architecture academics and Winter Sleep out Co-Coordinators, Michael Dickson and Dr Kelly Greenop, strongly believe in the importance of teaching students the values of social commitment. 

“The Winter Sleepout provides an opportunity for students and the profession to come together to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness and support a great initiative by Second Chance Program and Churches of Christ” said Michael Dickson. 

Teams participating in the Winter Sleepout challenge will bunker down at Wandering Cooks on the evening of Tuesday 14 August and participate in discussions with local homelessness advocates overnight. 

If you would like to donate funds to the 2018 Winter Sleepout, or register your own team, please click here