The Big Student Sleepout 2012

The Big Student Sleepout!

On the 23rd-24th August, 2012, AUT students braved the cold and the rain, sleeping on the pavement to raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness in the Student Big Sleepout. Equipped with nothing but the clothes on our backs, some cardboard, and a sleeping bag, we braved the elements and raised funds for Lifewise, an organisation that works to bring an end to homelessness. The night was absolutely surreal and eye-opening. That morning, we could not believe it had actually happened, except our sore backs, haggard appearances, and how sluggish we felt were constant reminders. It is much tougher to sleep on the streets than we had ever imagined, and we are proud to be involved with Lifewise in making a difference in the lives of people across New Zealand.

The Lifewise Big Sleepout (last held on 28th June 2012) is a night where influential New Zealanders forgo their creature comforts for a night of ‘rough sleeping’ as a way of making a public stand against homelessness. We decided to get on board with other students from AUT University and take up the challenge to raise funds to tackle the issue of youth homelessness as part of the Student Big Sleepout.

Find out more about the Lifewise Trust at

View a press release of our efforts here.


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