Participants sought for Big Ibrox Sleep Outs
The charity, which raised more than £52,000 following a series of sleep-outs last year, is urging anyone who can handle spending a cold winter’s night at Ibrox Stadium with just a sleeping bag for warmth to sign up and help some very special causes.
For the second year running, Rangers kit sponsor 32Red has pledged its generous support to the Foundation and to every fan taking part in the Sleep Outs.
The online betting company will once again kick-start every participant’s fundraising by donating their first £10 of sponsorship and will sponsor the fantastic hot breakfast provided for everyone in the morning after the event.
32Red chief commercial officer, Matt Booth, said: “At 32Red we are very proud of our association with the Rangers Charity Foundation and the success of last year’s Big Ibrox Sleep Out event. We are once again delighted to continue our support to raise money for the Foundation and their charity partners.
“The fans at Rangers supported the cause in great numbers last year and we hope they will again this year, to raise awareness about homelessness.All of us at 32Red wish the fans good luck for their night under the stars.”
This season the Foundation is supporting two important projects tackling homelessness with Glasgow City Mission and Simon Community Scotland, with proceeds from the Sleep Outs being split three ways between these charities and the Foundation’s work in the community.
Simon Community Scotland will put its share of the proceeds towards its new Street Cycles project - an outreach service staffed by volunteers on bicycles.
The project hopes to support 1,300 people who are sleeping rough in its first year reaching out to the growing number of men and women sleeping rough out with the city centre, particularly in the south and west of Glasgow.
Glasgow City Mission will reveal details of a new project that it will be using its share of the proceeds for shortly and the Foundation will update supporters in due course.
Sleep Out participants will spend the night at Ibrox either on the technical area pitch-side or in the stand (under cover) if the weather is wet and will get a small glimpse of the nightly conditions experienced by people in our city who are street homeless.
Fans taking part in the Sleep Out will be asked to bring along warm clothing and a sleeping bag and the Foundation will provide a ground covering, hot soup and beverages and a hot breakfast in the morning.
Every participant is asked to raise a minimum of £100 to join the Big Sleep Out and by doing so will also become a True Blue Hero and be invited to a special reception to receive a True Blue Hero medal from a Rangers first team player next year.
To find out more about the Big Ibrox Sleep Out or to sign up to take part contact the Foundation on 0141 580 8775 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please download a registration form here, fill it out and return via email or post. A registration fee of £20 per person is applicable.