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Sleeping on street opens 1,000 people’s eyes

The event took place in the surrounds of the beautiful city hall in Durban's CBD.

AS part of an event called iDare2Care, some 1,000 people spent a night sleeping on the streets of Durban to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless on Friday, 15 May.

I Care in collaboration with eThekwini Municipality, hosted the event to fundraise and to provide people with an opportunity to experience a little of what life is like as a homeless person.

The event took place in the surrounds of the beautiful city hall in Durban’s CBD.

I Care is an NGO that has been transforming the lives of street children for 13 years with a number of programmes including outreach, rehabilitation, housing/shelter and skills development.

The 1,000 people from all over Durban rallied together to participate, slept on the street for one night and raised sponsorships from generous donors who dared them to sleep on the streets for the night, with funds contributing to I Care’s work in the city.

Wayne Sandeman, pastor of His People Church, as well as many of his congregants, played a huge role in the success of the event.

Sanitech, Rescue Care, Blue Security, DSW, Denis Hurley Centre, We Are Durban and the Metro Police also assisted and I Care extends its appreciation for everyone’s support to ensure the smooth running and safety of the event. Representatives from various organisations were present with facilities available to educate local homeless people about the various health and wellbeing services available to them by I Care and the city. I Care also collected donations of blankets in the morning to distribute among the needy.

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