Brisbane Youth Service (BYS) is calling on the community to put the spotlight on young people experiencing homelessness on Daggy Jumper Day on Friday, August 9. Held during national Homelessness Week, Daggy Jumper Day raises awareness and support for young people who are in crisis or experiencing homelessness in Brisbane.
An Australia wide campaign, Homelessness Week runs until 10 August. This year’s theme, Housing Ends Homelessness, encourages all Australians to call on leaders at every level to help deliver affordable housing and a national strategy to help end homelessness.
Di Mahoney, BYS Service Delivery Director, said she encourages the whole community to take part in Daggy Jumper Day 2019. “Daggy Jumper Day is a fun and easy way to raise awareness and support young people in Brisbane who are struggling to keep warm, particularly during winter, while sleeping on the streets or couch surfing,” Ms Mahoney said.
BYS launched Daggy Jumper Day in 2013 and since its inception, the campaign has raised more than $100,000. More than 116,000 Australians are currently homeless. 26,000 of those are young people aged between 12-25, with more than 4,500 young people facing homelessness in Queensland every night.
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