Fundraiser for homeless youth on the Northern Beaches launches

Leading Northern Sydney Community Housing provider Link Housing launched their first annual fundraiser for homeless youth on the Northern Beaches this week.

The fundraising event, ‘Home Sweet 2017’ will be a sleepover on Friday September 15, at Freshwater Surf Lifesaving Club.  All proceeds will go directly to The Burdekin Association, who have supported homeless youth for more than 30 years.

Andrew McAnulty from Link Housing says that ‘hidden homelessness’ is a real issue for our communities, with displaced youth often unknown and unsupported, living in cars or on couches.

“A safe and stable home provides a sense of belonging and security.  Without that, establishing any growth or stability - financially or socially - is almost impossible" McAnulty says.

The event aims to raise more than $100,000 to fund the work of The Burdekin Association, a Brookvale-based charity with over 30 years of supporting and mentoring vulnerable youth.

Fundraising for the Burdekin was a natural progression, says Mr McAnulty.  

“Link Housing and the Burdekin have been working together for 25 years supplying accommodation and support to youth in need.  Now more than ever, we need to reach out and support those young people, who, often through no fault of their own, have no-one supporting them and nowhere to go.

“We’re excited to be in a position to help raise awareness and funds to help combat the problem.  Join us for a really important community event that will have an immediate positive impact. ”

For more details about Home Sweet 2017, see
To join the sleepover or donate, head to

Event Launch –
5-6pm, Thursday July 20, Freshwater Surf Club

Home Sweet 2017 Fundraising Event –
6pm Friday 15th September until 9am Saturday 16th September, Freshwater Surf Club