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How sailing supports kids who are homeless in Australia

Every year, the Property Industry Foundation (or PIF) holds a sailing regatta to raise funds for children who are homeless in Australia. This special event kicks off on April 3 in Sydney, May 15 in Brisbane and February 28 in Melbourne. More than 1,200 sailors are expected to take part.

 

Here’s what else you need to know.

 

Children who are homeless need our support

Mission Australia says that on any given night, there are 44,000 children and young people without a place they can call home. These children include almost 18,000 girls and boys under 12 years of age – without a stable place to play, learn, grow and sleep.

 

Of course, these kids do not choose to be homeless. Some are homeless with their entire family, while many have fled with their mother to escape an abusive partner. These vulnerable children need our support more than ever.

 

How sailing can help children in need

Over the past 5 years, PIF has raised more than $6.5 million in funds for children who are homeless. Money raised goes towards  building bedrooms for kids sleeping rough in Australia.

 

This year, the Sydney Charity Regatta happens on Sydney Harbour at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA). The event brings together people from across the property and construction industry, who want to make a difference to the lives of at-risk and homeless young people.

 

PIF says funds raised from the event will go towards building 125 bedrooms for homeless kids in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, by 2021. Already, PIF has constructed 56 bedrooms, with projects happening in Toongabbie, Kingsford, Macarthur Park and Bondi.

 

How to join the Charity Regattas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

If you’re in Sydney, you can enter the Charity Regatta as a corporate team or a solo sailor. Entries close 27 March, so if you’re thinking about taking part, we recommend getting a team together soon.

 

If you don’t have a boat and want to join in,  you can ask PIF to source one from their pool of donated vessels. There will be a trophy for the overall regatta winner, and awards for division winners too.

 

If you’re in Melbourne, the PIF regatta kicks off on 28 February. Entries close on Friday 21 February, so you’ll need to sign up ASAP if you want to get involved. Brisbane’s event happens on 15 May, with entries closing on Friday 8 May.

 

Donate now

If you’re not able to take part in the PIF regattas, you may like to donate to support children who are homeless, by giving money to Mission Australia. This not-for-profit organisation connects people with safe and affordable housing, including disadvantaged children.

 

Their mission is to empower troubled young people, people with mental illness and individuals with disabilities, as well as other vulnerable people who need support. For more information on their services, or to donate, please head here.

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