As the City of Sydney’s official charity partner for 2015 Sydney New Year’s Eve, we launched our Building Hope 2016 campaign in locations around the CBD toward the end of last year.
To raise awareness and address housing poverty at home and overseas we asked participants to fold an origami home and write their message of hope for the one billion people around the world without access to safe and decent housing.
Participants could also submit their response online and went into the draw to win a Global Village trip.
We were overwhelmed by the show of support from people far and wide who shared their hopes for 2016 during the week long campaign. Habitat Ambassador, Rebecca Gibney shared her message of hope as did The Block judge and editor of Vogue Living, Neale Whitacker and star of Underbelly and Janet King, Damian Walshe-Howling who also joined us at one of our events.
After careful deliberation, we selected our winner, Joanne Karcz, who shared her message of hope:
I hope all the world can go to bed
With a roof above their head
Habitat helps many people get ahead
Joanne will be travelling overseas later this year to build a home for a family in need. “I am thrilled to have won a build with Habitat for Humanity,” said Joanne. “I have often thought about participating in a build, but never got around to arranging it so this is a fantastic opportunity.”
We would like to say a big thank you to all who came and visited us during the week, to everyone who entered online and to our dedicated volunteers who assisted us throughout the campaign.
By sharing your message of hope for 2016, together we have started a conversation around the need for secure land for shelter, and can begin taking a step closer to a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. We look forward to sharing with you more opportunities to get involved and make a difference with Habitat this year!
Check out photos from the week below.