A $10,000 gift to help fund travel for homeless students in the US
A $1,000 travel gift to the US to support homeless students has been revealed, as the charity launches a fundraising campaign for a weeklong campaign to get students to take their holidays to the United States.
The ‘tour’ to the USA will feature a visit to the city of Los Angeles, followed by a flight to New York City for the US trip, and an overnight stay in a luxury hotel for a day or two.
The aim of the project is to get the US public to help raise money for students at a time when the nation is facing a rising number of homeless students.
“It’s about getting people to see what homelessness looks like and the people who are facing it,” said the group’s head of social impact, Emma Molloy, during a presentation at a conference in the United Kingdom this week.
“If you’re an undergraduate student and you’ve got a $10k or $20k gift, the message is very clear.
The next thing you know, you’re going to be living in a hotel room with another homeless person.
It’s a lot easier to just go to a hotel than it is to actually go to bed.”
The way the government’s handling homelessness is not good, and it’s not good for students and families who have the money.
“The group has already received over $10 million in donations from individuals, businesses and governments, and aims to raise another $10m by the end of September.
The group is already working with the US government to fund its $5 million US program, but is keen to expand the scope of the mission, and have more support from businesses.”
There’s so many other countries, so many different communities, and there are so many things to do.””
The challenge is that the US is so big.
There’s so many other countries, so many different communities, and there are so many things to do.”
Ms MollOY, who also runs a travel-related charity, The Homeless Foundation, said she was also hopeful the campaign would lead to a broader discussion on homelessness.
“What’s happening in the UK is just the tip of the iceberg.
In America, we’re seeing a lot of really good work happening,” she said.”
So if people are talking about it, we want to be a part of that conversation.”
Ms McEllroy said it was not clear whether the money would go towards funding the trip, but hoped to raise funds through online donations and social media to support the students.
The US is facing increasing numbers of homeless people, with the number of students living on the streets soaring by more than 700 per cent since 2008.