A long winter’s night in support of Blacktown’s youth
The reality is that there are youth in Blacktown’s local government area sleeping rough every night.
In a show of support and to raise awareness, management and staff from a major club group in Western Sydney, led by Group CEO, Morgan Stewart, chose to sleep rough with a goal of raising over $30,000.
Blacktown Workers Club Group’s “CEO and CO Winter Sleep Out” took place on Thursday 17th June.
The recipient of the fundraising is BYSA (Blacktown Youth Services Association), a youth-led organisation that has been providing resources to empower young people since 1986. The young people that are welcomed into the humble abode that BYSA operates out of are often from disadvantaged situations, ranging from domestic and family violence, neglect and homelessness.
Group CEO, Morgan Stewart, who had participated in similar fundraisers in the past, wanted to embrace the cause of the winter sleep out, but keep it local to support the community in which two of the clubs in the Group operate.
“Homelessness is an issue currently affecting the Blacktown area and when the Workers team decide to make a difference, we want to see the impact in our local community. There are no more deserving recipients than BYSA – an organisation on the frontlines of youth in crisis and experiencing homelessness,” says Mr Stewart.
The Board of Directors of the Blacktown Workers Club Group donated $10,000 to the fundraiser, part of their ongoing support towards BYSA. Their efforts were more than just writing a cheque however, with long-serving President Kay Kelly showing her unwavering support to the cause and the team, by spending the night sleeping rough during the “CEO and CO Winter Sleep Out”.
Major support for the fundraiser also came from the Payce Foundation, part of Paynter Dixon, the organisation currently undertaking the redevelopment of the club at 55 Campbell Street. They followed their $20,000 sponsorship of the BYSA Outdoor Cinema with another $10,000 to support the “CEO and CO Winter Sleep Out”.
Paynter Dixon Executive Chairman and PAYCE Foundation Director James Boyd congratulated Blacktown Workers Club Group on another successful fundraiser.
Mr Boyd says, “Homelessness is a significant issue right across Sydney and we were pleased to assist Blacktown Workers, who are great supporters of their local community. Paynter Dixon and the PAYCE Foundation look forward partnering with the Blacktown Workers Club on future social justice community initiatives.”
Also showing their support, the team received visits from Mayor of Blacktown City Council, Tony Bleasdale, and Member for Blacktown, Stephen Bali MP, who both opened the night with heartfelt speeches and expressions of congratulations and warm wishes to the team.
Since 2020, when Blacktown Workers Club Group were introduced to BYSA by Stephen Bali MP, BWCG has been on a journey of support for the local not-for-profit organisation, with donations and fundraising prior to the sleep out already exceeding $100,000. Unfortunately, BYSA are still in desperate need of financial support due to a lack of government funding.
The “CEO and CO Winter Sleep Out” generated an extra $33,385 in funding for BYSA, meaning that the support from the BWCG has now exceeded $136,000.
Blacktown Workers Club Group and BYSA thank the wonderful supporters who made the fundraiser such a huge success:
Major Supporter – Payce Foundation (Paynter Dixon) and Blacktown Workers Club Group
Gold Supporters – Gold Security Management
Silver Supporters – EP&T Global
Bronze Supporters – Sunblest Cleaning Services, CFI, Fishboy, Wrights
For more information on BYSA visit their website www.bysa.org.au; or find them on socials; www.facebook.com/bysa2 and instragram.com/blacktownbysa.