Australian boxing superstar Jeff Horn has thrown his weight behind a new foundation – Sleep Safe Sleep Sweet – that will help homeless youth across the Tweed region to become valued and active members of our community.
He joins former World surfing champion Joel Parkinson and cycling Olympians Robbie McEwen and Stuart O’Grady who have committed their support as the Foundation’s ambassadors.
The Foundation was launched today by Janey and Ken Grace – the owners of GOLDSKY Asset Management – after they saw there was not enough accommodation, through existing “care centres” to care for the amount of youth on local streets. The Tweed Shire has one of the highest homelessness rates in NSW and is ranked 10th worldwide.
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The purpose of the Foundation, Mrs Grace told myGC, “is to get our kids off the street and give them somewhere safe and sweet to sleep every night.”
“The reason we’re doing it privately is because it hasn’t been done effectively the way it is and it needs to be made aware – luckily we’ve got the power to do that now.”
The benevolent couple’s have put forward an initial $100,000 payment towards the Foundation, and will then continue to contribute a quarter of their management fees towards it’s running costs. The money will help to provide a home to local kids who have found themselves in a homeless situation, and help them to transition to independent living.