Helen C’s Chatswood Sleeps Rough for StreetWork page

Freezing everything to raise awareness of youth homelessness
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About the Campaign

“Couch surfing” – a glamorous term given to young homeless people.  In reality it represents a feeling of fear… a feeling that you don’t belong…that you’re not loved… that you have no one and nowhere to turn… no one on your side… no future.

Imagine being that young person.  Your world has already spiralled out of control.  You feel alone.  If you’re still in school or seeing your mates you spend most of your day covering up for the fact that you’re on the streets…. keeping yourself clean and tidy and finding somewhere warm and dry to do your homework.  But they know somethings not right and start to avoid you…isolating you even more.

Then you hear about Streetwork.  They help young people like you.  You don’t need to be referred … or diagnosed with anything…or classified in order to qualify.  They give you a youth worker … someone who cares…. someone who can help you get your head together…and connect you with the people who can help.  They’ll advocate for you with family, schools and whoever.  They’ll help you find a future.

On 23rd August I will be sleeping rough to raise awareness of homeless young people.  Young people who, for one reason or another, can’t or won’t go home.  They couch surf for a while until they run out of favours and are forced to find shelter on the streets.

Why Streetwork?

92 cents in every dollar goes DIRECTLY to pay for front line services.  The more money we raise the more youth workers we can employ and the more young people we can help.  It’s that simple!

A nice dinner for two in a warm dry restaurant will set you back about $100 per head…. that same $200 can pay for a mentoring session with a young person that can make the difference between safety and danger… life and death

I love my bed, my aircon and my electric blanket more than most people and I will be deeply uncomfortable and bitterly cold all night….surely that’s worth digging deep for!

Let me know if you’d like to help StreetWork in other ways too.



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  • Bev Roberts

    You’re a woman who walks her talk for our youth. Thank you!

    July 18, 2019 at 7:16 am Reply

  • Joy Wright

    Good luck Helen, love your persistence and tenacity

    July 25, 2019 at 5:23 am Reply

  • Barbara Huber

    Will be thinking of the two Helens on the night…

    July 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm Reply

  • Caroline Perkins

    From me and Charlie x

    August 4, 2019 at 8:57 pm Reply

  • Dorothy Bennett

    Hope it’s not too cold. I’m sure you and Suzanne will keep each other company
    Go H erlen and Suzanne!

    August 11, 2019 at 6:53 pm Reply

  • Zoe Harris

    Well done Helen. A cause close to my heart. Thank you for caring. x

    August 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm Reply

  • Emma Pruscino

    Good luck Helen and Suzanne.

    Emma xx

    August 11, 2019 at 8:41 pm Reply

  • Karen Hailwood

    Well done Helen. Great support for a great cause.

    August 11, 2019 at 8:56 pm Reply

  • Natalie Rose

    Best of luck roughing it for a great cause Suzanne and Helen xo

    August 12, 2019 at 7:43 am Reply

  • Delrene Burton

    Great support for a great cause Helen & Suzanne! xxx

    August 12, 2019 at 9:49 am Reply

  • Camille Stewart

    Thanks Helen for doing this. You are making a huge difference to so many lives.

    August 14, 2019 at 4:05 pm Reply

  • Marnie Jurkowski

    Thanks for raising my awareness of this issue – you are amazing.

    August 19, 2019 at 8:29 am Reply

  • sharon cabot

    Well done Suzanne and Helen – you are inspirational in your efforts to help others

    August 19, 2019 at 8:37 am Reply

  • Rina Silis

    What great work you do Helen! Good luck, stay warm. Rina

    August 19, 2019 at 9:26 am Reply

  • Eve Imbruglia

    Awesome charity, Helen. Be thinking of you tonight. Hope it all goes off okay

    August 19, 2019 at 9:31 am Reply

  • Jeremy Parham

    A great cause Helen, Good luck

    August 19, 2019 at 4:36 pm Reply

  • Guy Brent

    Well done Helen for supporting such a worthwhile cause !

    August 19, 2019 at 5:44 pm Reply

  • Joanne Murphy

    Good luck Helen! Great cause.

    August 20, 2019 at 3:15 pm Reply

  • Peter Higham

    A small price to pay to have the house to myself for a whole night! (Baci donated a third of a kangaroo meat sachet – and then she too it back…sorry.)

    August 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm Reply

  • brandon parrish

    May the weather gods be with you…….or may the weather gods take their recompense!!

    August 22, 2019 at 1:54 pm Reply

  • Melissa Tierney

    Thank you Helen for raising awareness on such a huge problem we need to fix in this country x

    August 26, 2019 at 9:14 am Reply

  • Angeline Wilkes

    Thank you and well done.

    August 26, 2019 at 9:25 am Reply