Business professionals across Scotland will be sleeping rough on the night of October 6th as part of the Byte Night charity sleep out to help address the problem of youth homelessness.
In 2016, participants in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square helped to raise more than £88,000. This year, they will be joined for the first time by a new camp in Glasgow’s Blythswood Square, helping to raise even more money for organisers, Action for Children.
At the evening reception sleepers will enjoy a meal, hear from some of the organisations young ambassadors, take part in a grand auction and raffle and have the opportunity to network with tech and business sector peers and colleagues, before they head outside to the sleep site for a night under the stars armed only with a survival kit.
David Gammie, IT Director at Edinburgh Airport and member of the Byte Night Board said: “We are really proud that Byte Night Scotland is celebrating its tenth anniversary and we’re looking forward to our sleepout this year at Charlotte Square.
“Since 2008, Byte Night has helped raise almost £700,000 to support Action for Children’s services across Scotland tackle youth homelessness. As we celebrate a decade of making a difference, we are looking to better the amount we raised last year.
“Byte Night is a great fundraising event, allowing businesses to come together and spend the night under the stars while raising money to support a really important cause. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time and I would encourage you to join us on Friday 6 October.”
Kirsteen Bell, Associate Director of Harvey Nash and fellow member of the board, said: “We are really proud that Byte Night Scotland is celebrating its tenth anniversary and that this year we are bringing the event to Glasgow for the first time.
“This event makes a huge difference to young people supported by the charity and it is because of those young people that we will spend a night out under the stars on Friday 6 October. For us, the next morning we will return to the warmth of our own homes. Sadly, for many young Scots that simply isn’t the case.
“In Glasgow and the surrounding area, Action for Children Scotland run a number of services which support young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and it is humbling to be playing a part in raising money to support this valuable work.”
Byte Night is Action for Children’s biggest annual fundraiser. Each year, hundreds of people from the tech and business sectors give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.
Since 1998 when 30 individuals slept out in London and raised £35,000 Byte Night has grown to 10 UK locations and over 1200 people slept out in 2016. Byte Night is the largest charity sleep out raising over £9.6 million since the first event.
Registration is open now. Participants can choose the city they wish to sleep in and sign up today to help transform young lives.
The DIGIT team will be taking part in the 2017 Edinburgh event. We look forward to seeing you there…
Ray Bugg, the founder of DIGIT.FYI, said: “Byte Night is a great way to help some very disadvantaged young people. We’re proud to be a part of this year’s event.”