With just over one month to go until people across the world unite to fight homelessness, The World’s Big Sleep Out have revealed more names confirmed to take part in events worldwide on Saturday 7th December. Announced today are Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley, Brian Cox, Ruth Jones, Gang of Youths, Daniel Portman, Angie McMahon and Richard Taylor. They’ll join Will Smith, Dame Helen Mirren, Travis, Tom Walker, The Script and more on Saturday 7th December.
In Los Angeles, 8-time GRAMMY winner, philanthropist and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will perform tracks from a career spanning 40 years, before British singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding serenades the crowds with a bedtime lullaby.
In New York, legendary actor Brian Cox (star of HBO’s Succession) will speak to those gathered in Times Square, just as Game of Thrones star Daniel Portman will do in Edinburgh. Australian singer/songwriter Angie McMahon will also perform in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
Australian indie rockers Gang of Youths join Travis and Tom Walker in London’s Trafalgar Square and Sir Richard Taylor, the man behind the props, costumes, prosthetics and more on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, will read a bedtime story in Hutt City, New Zealand. Co-creator and star of Gavin & Stacey, Ruth Jones will be in Cardiff on Saturday 7th December to read a bedtime story.
On Saturday 7th December, the world will unite to help fight homelessness with what is thought to be the largest charitable fundraising campaign in a generation. With an aim of raising $50,000,000, The World’s Big Sleep Out, spearheaded by Pride of Britain 2019 award winner Josh Littlejohn MBE, founder of social enterprise Social Bite, will take place in 50 locations around the world.
Cities and towns confirmed to be taking part include: London (Trafalgar Square and The Oval), New York (Times Square), Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Chicago, Cardiff, Newcastle, Newport, Brighton, Manchester, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Santiago, Madrid, Brisbane, Manila, Wacken, Mumbai, Hong Kong, San Jose (Costa Rica), and Singapore.
People are urged to register for an official event or sign up to “Host Your Own” sleep out in their backyard, office car park, high school or university campus by visiting www.bigsleepout.com.
Registration is now open with each participant committing to fundraising as much as they can. 100% of funds raised will go towards homelessness charities, with a 50/50 split between local and global charities helping homeless and displaced people.
It is hoped that an estimated 50,000 participants will collectively achieve a fundraising target of $50,000,000 which will be invested to sustainably help around 1,000,000 homeless and displaced people all over the world. As well as benefiting local charities, international partners for the campaign include UNICEF USA, Malala Fund and the Institute of Global Homelessness.
Celebrities and musicians confirmed to perform on Saturday 7th December:
London: Dame Helen Mirren, Travis, Tom Walker, Gang of Youths
New York: Will Smith, Brian Cox
Los Angeles: Randy Jackson, Ziggy Marley, Ellie Goulding, Seth Green
Chicago: Frank Turner
Dublin: The Script
Newcastle: Si King from The Hairy Bikers
Edinburgh: Daniel Portman, Angie McMahon
Hutt City (New Zealand): Sir Richard Taylor