Humanity’s cold heart is warming up to those who braze the winter out in the open. Dilli-wale are all set to participate in World’s Big Sleep Out on 7th December. The event aims to raise awareness and funds for homeless people across the world. Over 50,000 people will sleep in the open in 50 cities to raise about $50 million globally.
What Is It?
Organizers are hoping for 2,000 Delhiites to show support by participating for a small fees and contributing with donations as well. The event is likely to see performances by celebrities and musical bands. Bollywood actors Huma Qureshi, Swara Bhaskar and Shalini Vatsa may also sleep out in Central Park at Connaught Place with the rest of Delhi’s soft hearted and thick skinned.
On the other side of the globe, Hollywood actor Will Smith will read bedtime stories to participants in New York. Meanwhile, Oscar-winning actor Dame Helen will camp out in London to tackle problems faced by homeless people.
Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bengaluru, Indore, Patna and Lucknow are among the twenty Indian cities that have pledged to make this winter easier on people left out on the streets during harsh winter.
Indo Global Social Service Society and Jamghat have been reaching out to Delhi’s student population as well as the corporate sector to campaign for the event and encourage participation. Backed by the Delhi government, they are confident people will extend help to those less fortunate.
This unique idea is not one of its kind, it is in fact inspired by a similar event hosted in 2017. Scottish social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn organised ‘Sleep in the Park’ in Edinburgh on December 9. The event was a massive success with participation in the thousands. They managed to raise money and awareness to help homeless people, and now the entire world has taken on the mission.
With rising temperatures and melting glaciers one would hope at least for a softer winter, but nature spares no one. While we solve the little problem called global warming, events like these will keep us alive in body and in spirit. Go world!