Port Macquarie professionals will spend a night living on the streets for the inaugural Real Estate Sleep Out, raising awareness and funds to help homeless Australians.
Property experts will swap their boardrooms for a cardboard box and sleep rough at Town Beach Park in Port Macquarie on August 19 to August 20.
Individuals and teams are already raising funds for Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets charity.
Event organiser and Port Macquarie Property Management business development manager Tim Castro, who has attended similar sleep outs in Sydney said it's the first year of the event in Port Macquarie.
"With more than 100 different agents in Port Macquarie, I thought if I can get most agents to participate it could be a big thing here," he said.
"On any given night in Australia there are 44,000 young people homeless.
"As an agent we are always connecting people with properties but in this case we can see the other side of the coin, while raising funds towards a good cause.
"Currently we have 20 people signed up but we are hoping for 40 to 50 in total.
"The main goal is to experience what it's like to be homeless in Port Macquarie," he said.
"We want to make people aware of the seriousness of homelessness and in particular the impact of youth homelessness."
We want to make people aware of the seriousness of homelessness and in particular the impact of youth homelessness.Tim Castro
As part of the event there will also be a food truck providing food during the night.
Participants will also receive a Real Estate Sleep Out beanie.
Percival Property sales associate Stuart Brown, who is taking part this year said there can never be enough awareness for homeless people.
"I'm joining because I've always wanted to help the homeless," he said.
"I generally like to donate where I can and it's definitely something that is close to my heart to raise awareness for it.
"I'm in a position where I can give back to raise money through the event.
"Homelessness is on every major corner and every donation counts."
Port Macquarie News sales representative Sue Fitzgerald and real estate sales representative Bronwyn Herden are also laying out a sleeping bag this year to raise funds for charity.
"It's a massive problem and it's something that if we all do a little bit we can all help the cause," said Mrs Herden
"It's a really good opportunity to give back and also do something out of my comfort zone as well.
"We might manage a couple of hours sleep but it will probably be an eye opener for us to realise what some people go through at night."
"We are quite lucky because we have got a piece of cardboard, sleeping bags and access to food but some people don't have those things," said Mrs Fitzgerald.
"Another big difference is that we will be safe in a big group and many young people who live on the streets don't have that."
Port Macquarie fundraisers have contributed more than $800, to donate click here.
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