08/07/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/07/2019 06:40
On October 4th staff from Ospreys in the Community and Ospreys Rugby will be sleeping out at the Liberty Stadium to raise money for Action for Children, here's how you can join in!
Byte Night is the UK's largest corporate sleepout, with individuals and teams sleeping rough to raise vital funds to prevent youth homelessness. It all began in 1998 when 30 individuals slept out in London and raised £35,000. Since then Byte Night has now grown to 12 events and nearly 1,500 people sleeping out in 2018. It is now one of the UK's top 20 mass participation charity events and has raised over £12 million so far.
Ospreys in the Community and Ospreys Rugby are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the first ever Swansea Byte Night, at the Liberty Stadium this October, in collaboration with Action ForChildren and Philtronics, and we want you to join in and help us raise money for this fantastic cause.
With 1 in 4 homeless young people diagnosed with a mental health condition and 1 in 5 young people sleeping rough self-harming, it's so important to support these children to stay at home or get back into safe accommodation and every penny raised counts towards this. £20 could pay for 15 children to have breakfast at one of Action for Children's breakfast clubs, £60 raised could help the charity to arrange supported lodgings with a caring family for a young person and £500 would keep an emergency drop-in centre for homeless young people open for a week.
Individuals and companies are invited to join us for the first Swansea Byte Night, a great opportunity to network, take part in a unique team bonding experience, and make a real difference by giving those at risk of homelessness a brighter, more stable future. To register yourself or your team please click HERE.
Tom Sloane, Foundation Manager, Ospreys in the Community, commented on the team's involvement:
'As soon as we were approached by Simon Pritchard, who is MD of one of the Ospreys' Premium Partners, Philtronics, and also a Board Member of Byte Night Wales, we were really keen to get involved with Action for Children and the sleepout. It's a very worthy charity and the help that they give young people is absolutely incredible.
'Some of the stories we heard of at our recent Byte Night Swansea launch were really touching and it's spurred us all on to raise as much money as we can to help these young people and get as many people involved on the night.
'We'll also be working alongside Action for Children throughout the season on a special project around youth homelessness and the money raised will go directly towards this project in our own local community.'
If you wish to support Ospreys in the Community and Ospreys Rugby and help them raise money to prevent youth homelessness then you can do so now by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ospreys-Byte-Night-Wales-Swansea. There will also be a bucket collection at our pre-season fixture against Hartpury on August 30th at the Gnoll.