Real estate agents will experience what it is like to be homeless by sleeping rough in Brisbane’s CBD tonight (Thursday 26 July), to raise money to keep youth off the streets. Participants in the Real Estate Sleep Out are using online platform Everydayhero to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s charity, which aims to see young people live in secure and safe homes.

Everydayhero’s Managing Director Pascale Harvie said it was inspiring to see Brisbane real estate agents banding together to support youths doing it tough in the River City. “On any given night in Queensland, more than four and a half thousand young people are without safe and secure housing,” Ms Harvie said.

More than $80,000 has already been raised for Youth Off the Streets on Everydayhero ahead of the Sleep Out, which will go a long way to helping those in need. Brisbane mother and Place Estate Agent Rachel Fechner will take part with her teenage sons to shine a spotlight on youth homelessness in Queensland. “I’ve had family members become displaced, from young cousins who have found themselves sleeping on the streets, to close friends becoming homeless as they flee domestic violence,” Ms Fechner said. “As a mother to two teenage boys, I want them to know how lucky they are to have a home and to belong to a supportive family. I’m hoping the money we raise can help young people in need find temporary or permanent accommodation.”

Everydayhero’s like Rachel, and many other agents, are using the platform to raise money and awareness by trying to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

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