Julie Murray joins the Chappell Foundation’s Sports Stars Sleepout for the third year
Former Matildas captain Julie Murray has pledged to ‘sleep rough’ for the third year in a row, in a bid to raise much-needed funds to support homeless youth.
On October 16, Murray will join other sports stars at the Sydney Cricket Ground where they will sleep on the hallowed turf for the Chappell Foundation’s Sport Stars Sleepout.
With just a sleeping bag and a cardboard box for shelter, they will get a taste of what is a grim reality for 1 in 200 Australians every night.
“This charity and this event resonates with me, having two young boys,” Murray said of his fundraising involvement.
“The very idea of children not having a safe place to live and a home life that supports and loves them is particularly sad and needs to be addressed as a matter of priority.”
In “good” periods, it is estimated that 40,000 young people have no permanent address. After COVID, there are many more.
This year Julie won’t be the only footballer taking part in the event, with fellow former Matilda Thea Slatyer as well as CommBank Young Matildas Sarah Hunter, Charlize Rule, Abbey Lemon and Kirsty Fenton also forgoing the privilege of a warm and comfortable for sleeping. .
Competing in 2020 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 2021 has been different for Murray due to COVID restrictions. Last year the event was held virtually with sports stars sleeping on their floors, gardens or sofas at home, but this year the event has returned to the SCG.
“In 2020 I was in the middle of the SCG, made a bit of a cardboard housing structure to cover myself from the elements and had a much needed sleeping bag and beanie.
“I have to admit it was a bit cold and not comfortable, but nothing compared to what young homeless people go through today,” Murray said of his experience sleeping on the grass.
“I wouldn’t compare our ‘street sleep’ to those without a roof over their heads, but it does give some insight into the environmental conditions that homeless youth encounter day and night.
“It also doesn’t take into consideration the emotional and mental impact on them, so it’s hard to understand and really understand if you’ve never been in a situation like this, which I’m very grateful for. life and education,” she said. continued.
“Again, this brings me back to my children where the importance of providing a nurturing, supportive and loving environment in which to grow and thrive is key.”
The Chappell Foundation donates 100% of the funds collected to charities working to house, feed and train homeless and at-risk young people.
You can support Julie and the Chappell Foundation by making a donation HERE